Colts try to keep pace in AFC South vs. woeful Jets

The Colts, who sit a half-game back of the division lead at 5-6, can make it a three-way tie for first by defeating the Jets on Monday Night Football.

Vontae Davis is the Colts' number one cornerback, an elite man coverage corner who has been battling an ankle injury of late that has sapped his ability.

Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts throws a pass in the fourth quarter against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on November 6, 2016 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

The Colts need Luck now more than ever. Expect Luck to be extra motivated against the Jets, because he's winless in two career starts with five interceptions. Geathers had been dealing with an injured foot.

While the Jets did not record a sack, they hit Luck 11 times and ensured the quarterback never had enough time in the pocket to allow plays to fully develop.

Indianapolis isn't taking NY lightly, though.

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That's something the Jets haven't done much of this season, although coach Todd Bowles insists that remains the focus for his team.

If there's one knock on Luck's game, it's his decision making- which is unheard of for a Stanford guy. The list includes a Thanksgiving night loss to Pittsburgh last week and a defeat in September 2015 to the Jets. Brandon Marshall is their leading receiver with 49 receptions for 668 yards and three touchdowns.

Fitzpatrick might have one of his best games this season, considering the Colts rank 31st in opponents' passer rating, but it will be hard for him to match Luck.

It all starts with Monday night. The Colts' roster move Thursday - waiving quarterback Stephen Morris - is a clear-as-day indication the team is confident Luck will be good to go. Pagano is on the hot seat and Frank Gore is nearing retirement.

The Colts are expected to be favored on the road against the Jets in the Monday Night Football matchup, based on a consensus of betting lines. NY is riding a three-game losing streak and has gone just 1-4 at home this season both straight up and ATS. The three catches were the most NY has gotten from the position since Cumberland had three against New England on December 21, 2014.

  • Lawrence Cooper