Ross Jacobs has been an FFM correspondent on NFL games and NFL Draft matters for the past few years. He is going to be writing up some of his notes on various games he’s watching/studying this year. Typically, he will have written/submitted his work before mine, so this is a look at the same game with different eyes...and you can compare and contrast or find some new takeaways.
2020 Week 3 Analysis: Jets @ Colts (By Ross Jacobs)
-I said it last week: this Jets team is so unbelievably bad it's astounding. They are rivaled only by the Giants at this point. I barely have any notes again, and I'm not going to because there's nothing more to be said about them and beating them means nothing.
-I told you the potential for defensive points was there facing this offense. Darnold tossed two horrid pick sixes, and you can bet he'll have more once he returns from injury. He's garbage but I'm sure some team will bring him in as their backup this off-season with ideas of “fixing him.” Uh huh. Whatever team attempts this you are free to just write them off. This was such an utter waste of time and a draft pick.
-Everyone is talking about the Colts having the #1 defense in the league right now, but they've faced the Jaguars, the Jets, and the Vikings before they figured out how to throw a forward pass. Now I pointed out how good they looked last week, but it's a little early and the competition has been pretty terrible to crown them the defensive champions just yet. I definitely think they are a top 10 group, maybe even top 5, but right now I don't think they are the best. Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay have looked better just off the top of my head.
-Jonathan Taylor split some carries here because the Colts got up big and the coaches wisely decided to give him some rest and let Jordan Wilkins clean up, but wow was he impressive. He finished with only 59 yards, but they were well-earned against a good New York run defense (it's the one thing they do good). He had a jump cut at full speed that absolutely floored me. There are very few players that can move like that. He reminds me of a combination of David Johnson and Joe Mixon. He is such a smooth athlete. It looks like he's gliding around back there, but he consistently manages to grab a yard or two extra on each carry. There are several impressive rookie RB's this year, but none of them is as good as Taylor. This guy is going to be a megastar.
-Looks like Zach Pascal has become the #2 WR over Michael Pittman. That's a real shame.
-Buckner once again looked like the best player on the field. He wasn't wrecking the offensive line like he did against the Vikings, but the Jets had their hands full trying to contain him. Even when he doesn't make a play he is opening up other people too. Darius Leonard is loving the addition of Buckner because now linemen can't get to him and he is free to make plays.
-Stay far, far away from any Jets on offense.
-Taylor had a slow day in fantasy that was saved by his touchdown, but he's still an easy RB1. He was only pulled to preserve his health while the Colts finished off New York.
-Now Hilton is starting to make me nervous. Thought we might see a little more action against the Jets, but the pattern is still holding. You can't really move him so I'd just pray Rivers starts forcing passes his way against better competition.