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NFL Week 6 Game Preview: Colts (1-4) at Jets (2-3)

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Indianapolis is on the road again after a 38-24 beating at the hands of the New England Patriots last Thursday.

New York, on the other hand, comes off a satisfying win against the Broncos to enjoy the second of three consecutive home games.

The Jets ran the ball for over 300 yards and put 34 points on the board against Denver. The defense gives up yards but their 11 turnovers are tied for second-most in the league and 14 sacks put them among the top ten units.

Indianapolis faced the Patriots on a short week without TY Hilton and Jack Doyle, as well as their lead rusher, Marlon Mack. The Colts hope to get Hilton and Mack on the field this week.

Mack’s return is vital as the Colts’ running game has been virtually non-existent without him. Nyheim Hines has emerged as a receiving threat, but neither he nor Wilkins has taken charge of the running game.

Injuries and roster moves

As mentioned, TY Hilton and Marlon Mack could return in Week 6 from their hamstring issues. Doyle is listed as doubtful and should miss another week. Eric Ebron has thrived in his absence, giving the Colts no reason to rush their veteran’s return.

Center Matt Slausen was placed on the injured reserve Monday. So far, injuries haven’t done much to scuttle off-season improvements to the offensive line. But the loss of Slausen could hurt.

Running back Isaiah Crowell is listed as questionable but expected to play Sunday. Cornerback Buster Skrine is listed as questionable. The Jets will need Skrine as fellow corner, TrumaineJohnson has been ruled out.

Coaching matchups

Rookie Frank Reich is drawing praise from his charges for the even-mannered way he is handling the adversity of Indianapolis’ disappointing start. The way his team almost climbed back into last week’s rout against New England showed the Colts have fight in them.

Jet’s coach Todd Bowles seems to have been on the hot seat since his first press conference. Letting Darnold toss a few long balls last week, and the resulting victory, quieted speculation on his future in the New York tabloids for now.

How to watch the Jets-Colts game

CBS Sports will broadcast this early game in the greater New York and Indianapolis markets.

Millions of NFL fans might choose to watch this game and whole lot of other live stream NFL action on DirecTV Now.

DirecTV Now is the internet television division of the giant satellite company but doesn’t require expensive equipment or contracts like it’s parent company.

Internet TV services like DirecTV Now, Fubo TV, and Sling let you watch live stream NFL action on all the NFL-contracted networks in real time with the original announcers at a fraction of the cost of cable and satellite. Check their websites for specifics in your neighborhood.

Who will win the Jets-Colts game?

Indianapolis is in dire need of a win to have any chance of staying relative in the AFC South. Andrew Luck shows no sign of compromise after his shoulder injury and will keep the Colts in most games.

Sam Darnold has plenty of support from his defense and running game to keep the Jets’s playoff hopes alive with error-free, if not very good, quarterbacking. That’s the plan and it works again this week.

Final score: Jets 23, Colts 17

 

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