Colts crush Jets to keep pace in AFC South

By Ron Clements 6 December 2016
Colts crush Jets to keep pace in AFC South

The Indianapolis Colts flexed their muscles in the NFL on Monday, humbling the New York Jets 41-10.

Indianapolis moved into a three-way tie atop the AFC South as quarterback Andrew Luck starred at MetLife Stadium.

The Colts - who have won the AFC South nine times since the NFL's realignment in 2002 - had their way with the Jets, putting up 421 yards of total offense as Luck threw for 278 yards and four touchdowns.

Monday's victory was the first for Luck against the Jets. He threw a pair of picks as a rookie in a 35-9 loss in 2012. Luck tossed a trio of interceptions in a 20-7 Jets victory last year. 

The Jets are a complete mess, especially at quarterback as Ryan Fitzpatrick and Bryce Petty combined to go 16 of 37 for 216 yards with three interceptions and a fourth-quarter touchdown pass to Robby Anderson. 

The Colts, Houston Texans and Tennessee Titans are all 6-6 and one of them will host a playoff game a month from now. 

 

GOOD LUCK

Luck could really do no wrong against a Jets defense that looked like they have given up. He heaved a third-and-nine pass toward Donte Moncrief late in the first quarter. Moncrief caught the ball on the sideline in front of Jets cornerback Darryl Roberts for a 10-yard gain to pick up a first down. 

 

DYNAMIC DWAYNE

Moncrief finished Monday's win with four catches for 26 yards and a touchdown, but the Colts had an unlikely offensive star in Dwayne Allen. The fifth-year tight end caught four passes for 72 yards and a career-high three touchdowns. Allen entered Monday's game with just two touchdowns all season. He was left wide open on his first two scores, but hauled in a 23-yard pass over Jets linebacker Darron Lee in the second quarter. 

 

PLAYOFF PUSH

"You never anticipate it's going to be easy or simple in the NFL," Luck told ESPN following the game. "It's a one-game playoff every week. 

 

WHO WINS THE SOUTH?

The Colts are now in a dead heat with both the Texans and the Titans in the AFC South. The Colts already beat Tennessee twice, but need to beat the Texans next week to split the season series. The Colts then have a couple of potentially tough matchups at the Minnesota Vikings (6-6) and the Oakland Raiders (10-2) before closing the season against the Jacksonville Jaguars (2-10).

The Titans play the Denver Broncos (8-4) and Kansas City Chiefs (9-3) over the next two weeks before finishing with division games against the Jaguars and Texans. Houston have the easiest remaining schedule with the Jaguars and Cincinnati Bengals (4-7-1) sandwiched between the games against the Colts and Titans. 

If the Colts can beat the Texans next week, they will have a leg up in the division, but will probably need to finish 9-7 to win the division. 

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