New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles benched starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick in favor of backup Bryce Petty for the second half of Monday's game against the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium.
Fitzpatrick completed 5 of 12 passes for 81 yards with an interception and a 30.2 passer rating as the Jets trailed 24-3 at halftime.
Petty, who is making his first game appearance since Week 10, a 9-6 loss to the Los Angeles Rams in which he went 19-for-32 with 163 yards, one touchdown and one interception, completed 2 of 6 passes for 23 yards and was sacked once on his first drive.
Petty threw an interception to Indianapolis' Mike Adams on a deep pass on the next drive, which ended with a Robert Turbin rushing touchdown that made it 41-3. He threw a 40-yard touchdown to Robbie Anderson to make it 41-10 on his third drive.
Bowles turned to Petty after Fitzpatrick suffered a knee injury in Week 9, though Fitzpatrick was active against the Rams. After a Week 11 bye, Bowles named Fitzpatrick the starting quarterback against the New England Patriots in Week 12.
Fitzpatrick remained the starter entering this week, to which Bowles said he would play whichever quarterback gives the Jets the best chance to win.
"We're trying to win," Bowles said on Nov. 28. "It's not about Bryce and it's not about Fitz. It's about trying to win ball games."