INDIANAPOLIS—Darrelle Revis’ new team is getting the same results he’s always had against Andrew Luck.
The veteran cornerback still is mystifying the young quarterback.
Revis picked off one pass, recovered two fumbles, and helped the suddenly opportunistic Jets’ defence come up with five turnovers again last night to help New York pull away for a 20-7 victory at Indianapolis.
“It’s Monday night, on a big stage, and we knew what type of game this was going to be,” Revis said.
So he delivered a prime-time performance.
Revis’ homecoming has been everything New York fans hoped for.
With Revis and Antonio Cromartie locking down outside receivers, first-year coach Todd Bowles has been able to rely on his defensive front to stop the run and routinely pressure quarterbacks.
In the opener against Cleveland, New York converted five turnovers into 21 points.
Against the supposedly high-powered Colts’ offence, they did it again. The Jets matched that five-turnover total, kept the Colts out of the end zone for three full quarters, and never gave Luck a chance to get comfortable.
The result: the Jets are off to their first 2-0 start since 2011.
“The name of the game is turnovers and keeping the score down, regardless of whatever else happens,” Bowles stressed.
Indianapolis (0-2) is keeping its dismal start in perspective. After starting last season with back-to-back losses, they won five-straight.
This time seems different, though. Luck was 21-of-37 for 250 yards with one touchdown, three interceptions, and lost one fumble.
After a strong start, Frank Gore finished with 15 carries for 57 yards while Donte Moncrief was the only receiver to top the 50-yard mark.
Moncrief caught seven passes for 122 yards and Indy’s only touchdown.
Part of the problem was Revis and his teammates.
The other problems were self-inflicted. Indy was called for 11 penalties, Gore bobbled a hand-off at the Jets’ one-yard line that Revis recovered in the end zone, and Adam Vinatieri missed a 29-yard field goal—the first time he’s missed one from shorter than 30 yards since 2007.
And for the first time since 1997, the Colts were shut out in the first half in back-to-back weeks.
Indy has scored just 21 points in eight quarters and inside the stadium, the fans who roared for Robert Mathis’ return and Jeff Saturday’s induction into the ring of honour booed heartily as the mistakes piled up.
“You can’t penalize yourself, you can’t turn the ball over,” stressed Colts’ coach Chuck Pagano.
“We have to protect, give him [Luck] a clean pocket,” he said.
“You can’t drive the length of the field and put the football on the ground.”