Morning Rewind, 9/22: Jets upset Colts on their home field
By JOHN DORN
Darrelle Revis led the New York Jets defense to a convincing victory over the Indianapolis Colts as their quarterback managed the game and played well enough to win. In 2015. It's happening again.
It's early yet, but things may be beginning to feel a bit like the beginning of the decade in East Rutherford -- when a veteran defensive side led the Jets to two consecutive AFC Championship Game appearances. With Ryan Fitzpatrick playing the part of Mark Sanchez, Revis and Antonio Cromartie reprising their roles at the corners and a stour frontline rushing quarterbacks at every opportunity, the Jets defense -- for now -- looks dominant.
On Monday night, they forced Andrew Luck into five turnovers. On 37 pass attempts, he threw for 250 yards and a touchdown, while connecting with a Jet three times. Frank Gore's 3.8 yards per carry weren't enough, and despite Donte Moncrief's breakout seven-catch, 122-yard performance, the Colts couldn't muster much. Moncrief grabbed a touchdown in the final quarter, but that was all the points they'd come away with.
Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker combined to catch 15 passes for 198 yards, while Bilal Powell and Chris Ivory split the carries evenly. Revis picked off a pass and recovered a fumble, and Buster Skrine led the way with eight tackles.
It was a defensive victory through and through -- the kind that Rex Ryan's Jets enjoyed often. It's Sept. 22, but 2-0 is 2-0. And after the last few years, Jets fans will take it.
Jets 20, Colts 7
On the Diamond
TOR 4, NYY 2
In the biggest series of the season for both teams, the Blue Jays leaned on David Price -- who allowed two hits and no runs over seven innings -- to lead them to victory. Though they lead the AL Wild Card by three games, the Yankees slip to 3.5 games back of Toronto in the East.
NYM 4, ATL 0
The Mets were able to -- at least temporarily -- put collapse talks to bed on Monday night, easily putting away with Braves at Citi Field. Rookie Michael Conforto smacked a solo home run early, and Jon Niese's six three-hit innings were enough to earn the win.
CHC 9, MIL 5
A win for the Cubs places them just two behind Pittsburgh for the first NL Wild Card spot, securing home field, and six games behind the Cardinals, who may be without Yadier Molina for some time.
HOU 6, LAA 3
The Astros made up some much-needed ground on Monday, beating Los Angeles and creating a 3.5-game cushion between them and the Angels, who now have Minnesota standing in between them and the second Wild Card spot. Houston now trails Texas in the West by a single game.
STL 2, CIN 1
It was a hard-fought win for St. Louis, which scored twice in the eighth inning to come from behind and beat the Reds. But the real blow came when the team found out Yadier Molina has a tear in his thumb, and could miss significant time ahead of the team's postseason run.
PIT 9, COL 3
Keeping pace with the rest of the Central, the Pirates put away the Rockies at Coors Field. Starling Marte and Jody Mercer had four hits each, and A.J Burnett got his first win since July 20.
- ARI 8, LAD 4
- BOS 8, TB 7
- CWS 2, DET 0
- CWS 3, DET 2
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