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Jets vs. Colts 2015 final score: Indy's offense melts down in 20-7 loss

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The Colts couldn't recover after their offense made mistakes against the Jets.

The Indianapolis Colts were shocked at home on Monday Night Football, 20-7, by the New York Jets. What was purportedly one of the best offenses in the league heading into the season melted down before our eyes. Andrew Luck had four turnovers in what was one of the worst nights of his otherwise promising career.

The Colts never got started in the first half. They gained just 107 total yards of offense while going 0-for-6 on third downs. Luck was just 5-of-14 passing. He had little time, and receivers were rarely open when he did. The only thing that worked was Frank Gore, who rushed for 41 yards on seven first-half carries.

Even Gore was bitten by whatever curse has descended upon Indianapolis. At the end of a promising drive to open the second half, Gore fumbled what would have been a walk-in touchdown. The Colts went 79 yards in 18 plays over the course of nearly 10 minutes and came up empty.

The Colts' issues shouldn't take away from the Jets, though. Darrelle Revis did an excellent job on T.Y. Hilton, and kept the Colts out of the end zone until early in the fourth quarter. Luck seemingly found his rhythm on the possession, hitting passes of 27, 25 and 26 yards to three different receivers, the last a touchdown pass to Donte Moncrief that made the score 10-7.

To that point, the Colts' defense had kept them in the game. After allowing a short touchdown drive in the first quarter off Luck's first interception, the unit hunkered down, holding the Jets to just three more points until late in the fourth. The loss of Vontae Davis was too much to fully overcome, however. Ryan Fitzpatrick hit an isolated Brandon Marshall with a back shoulder throw to cap a seven-play, 80-yard drive that put the Jets back up by double digits.

On the Colts' next possession, Luck tried to thread one more pass, this time to the right sideline. Marcus Gilchrist was ready, diving for the interception to effectively seal the game.

Three things we learned:

The Colts' offense is dysfunctional

Luck had a horrendous first half, going just 5-of-14 passing for 52 yards, one interception and a lost fumble as the Colts were shut out in the first half in back-to-back games for the first time since 1997. They probably could have relied on the running game more -- Gore had seven carries for 41 yards in the first half -- but it's understandable why the Colts tried so hard to jump start a passing game that was supposed to be its biggest strength.

Nothing worked. Luck didn't play great, but it's hard to blame him fully when he's trying to force balls to blanketed receivers and a leaky offensive line is letting pass rushers through.

The team seemed to regain momentum to start the second half, but then this happened as Gore was about to saunter into the end zone at the end of a long drive:

The Colts have faced two excellent defenses to start the season in the Bills and the Jets. For a team that was billed as a Super Bowl contender, however, they expected better.

The Jets' defense is potentially filthy

Throwing out "potentially" on a provisional basis because through two weeks they've decimated the Cleveland Browns and shut down a Colts offense that is inexplicably bad. But the likes o Luck, Hilton, Andre Johnson and Gore have all produced before, and the Jets made them look like ... well, a lot like they made the Browns look in Week 1.

In fact, the numbers were pretty similar, except the Browns were arguably better. They gained 321 yards to the Colts' 343 and scored three more points. Both teams committed five turnovers.

The Jets have one of the league's best secondaries and a big, deep front seven. Through two games they have allowed 17 total points. The offense may not be much, but it may not have to be under Todd Bowles' direction.

The Colts need Vontae Davis

The Colts' defense played well enough to keep the team in the game, but there's no question it was hurting without Davis after he left injured. Davis was ruled out due to a concussion he suffered late in the first half. The injury left the Colts without their three best cornerbacks (Greg Toler and Darius Butler were ruled out before the game) and the Jets were able to exploit the matchups.

Marshall did most of his damage in the second half after catching three passes in the first half, finishing with seven catches for 101 yards and a score. Eric Decker had a big game as the Jets' No. 2, catching eight passes for 97 yards and a score before leaving the game with an ankle injury. All of Decker's receptions came in the first half, whereas Marshall's performance improved in the second half with Davis out of the game.

The Colts' defense is the strength of the team at the moment, but it too has an Achilles heel that can destroy its well-laid plans against what will be much more competent passing teams.