EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — We usually don’t start the notes with a kicker, but I feel like we almost have to talk about Jason Myers first.
The 27–year-old, who went to college at nearby Marist, set an NFL record with 274 yards of field goals, hitting a franchise record seven of them. Distances (in order): 30, 48, 32, 37, 45, 37 and 45 yards.
The bad thing is that the Jets, who entered the week last in the NFL in red-zone touchdown percentage (35.7), were only 1-for-5 scoring TDs inside the Colts’ red zone (Chris Herndon’s TD came from 32 yards out).
Still, impressive effort by Myers, who had never made (or attempted) more than five field goals in a game.
The Jets intercepted Andrew Luck three times and now have 15 takeaways (10 interceptions, five fumble recoveries), which is second in the league only to the Browns’ 16. It was the seven-year veteran Luck’s seventh career three-INT game.
Morris Claiborne’s touchdown was the second of his career. He returned a fumble 50 yards for a score his rookie year with the Cowboys against the Eagles.
He has two INTs this season, but linebacker Darron Lee leads the team with three.
The bad is that the Jets allowed 428 total yards, and covering tight ends was a problem, as Eric Ebron (four catches for a team-high 71 yards) and Erik Swoope each scored touchdowns, while Mo Alie-Cox had a 31-yard grab.
Sam Darnold has has nine TD passes and seven interceptions. His 280 yards were the second most of his career behind his 334-yard performance in a Week 2 loss to Miami.
He’s now started 32 games between USC and the pros and has turned the ball over at least once in 26 of them.
The Jets rushed for 107 yards, but only 3.0 yards per carry, mostly because they were trying to put the game on ice with a lead for the entire second half.
Terrelle Pryor has receiving touchdowns in back-to-back games for the first time in his career.
After Quincy Enunwa led the Jets in receiving yardage each of the first four games, Robby Anderson did last week and this week was the almost-forgotten man Jermaine Kearse, who had nine catches for 94 yards after coming into the game with seven catches for 71 yards.
Todd Bowles improved to 23-31 (.426), but he’s now 5-3 against the AFC South and 8-6 in the month of October.
The Jets haven’t beaten a team this season that currently has a winning record, and their six opponents are a combined 14-20-1.
The Jets committed seven accepted penalties (for 49 yards) - Leonard Williams’ neutral-zone infraction, safety Doug Middleton’s hold on a Jets kick return, right guard James Carpenter’s hold to negate a nice gain on a tight end screen to Eric Tomlinson, center Spencer Long’s ineligible man downfield penalty, safety Terrence Brooks’ facemask, rookie corner Parry Nickerson’s pass interference and a hold on Long.
NT Steve McLendon was offside the same play as Nickerson’s PI, so that was declined.
The Jets covered the 2.5-point spread, and they were doing so for the last 32:35 of the game. The total of 48 went OVER midway through the third quarter.