Andrew Luck was nearly perfect in his return from a concussion, throwing for four touchdowns, three to Dwayne Allen, in the Indianapolis Colts' 41-10 romp Monday night past the inept New York Jets.
Not that Luck had to work very hard against the hosts, who were booed by a much-less-than-filled MetLife Stadium almost from the outset.
Luck missed last week's loss to Pittsburgh, cleared the NFL's concussion protocol on the weekend, and came back in style with a prime-time performance. He lifted Indianapolis (6-6) into a tie for the lead in the AFC South with Tennessee and Houston.
Allen and T.Y. Hilton were his main targets as he went 22 of 28 for 278 yards, and they received little opposition from the Jets (3-9).
This one couldn't have come easier for Indianapolis. The Colts toyed with the lifeless Jets from the beginning, when New York's Jeremy Ross got to only his 11-yard line with the opening kickoff return. A three-and-out gave Luck the ball, and seven plays later, he hit a wide-open Allen for a 7-0 edge.
Indy needed only four plays on its next series, with Allen even more open for a 21-yard reception to make it 14-0. At that juncture, the Colts had gained 120 yards, the Jets 6.
Those figures wound up 421 to 250. Indy scored its most points since Week 13 of 2014; the Jets allowed their most since Week 8 of that season.
The Jets (3-9) finally found some spark after Pat McAfee's punt was downed at their 3. Matt Forte turned a short pass into a 40-yard gain with a nasty move on Rashaan Melvin, but that drive stalled and Nick Folk made a 38-yard field goal. >> Read more
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What an embarrassment. The Jets were pushed around all game by the Colts. All the units came out flat and it showed. The offense was listless under Ryan Fitzpatrick, and he deserved to be benched weeks ago. Perhaps we have finally seen the last of Fitzpatrick this season? I hope so.
Once head coach Todd Bowles benched him in favor of Bryce Petty, the problem became watching him take what looked like practice reps in game. While he threw a rope to Robby Anderson for a 40-yard touchdown, it took a long time for Petty to find a rhythm.
As far as the defense? It was not engaged and didn't even respond to Bowles screaming at the defensive captains on the sidelines. Nothing really changed afterward other than Sheldon Richardson getting an ill-advised 15-yard penalty for pushing Luck when he was already out of bounds.
I dreaded that the game would have a sickly preseason feel to it once I saw tickets were going for as low as $5 on the secondary market. That's exactly how it appeared.