against the Colts. They forced turnovers galore , got a couple of key red zone stops, and made plays when they needed to. Despite those accomplishments, they still allowed far too many points to a depleted, talent-deprived offense that dropped a bunch of passes. What happened?Let’s take a look at the numbers!Previous editions: Pre 1, Pre 2, Pre 3, Pre 4, W1-DET, W2-MIA, W3-CLE, W4-JAX, W5-DENRULESThe coverage numbers include only legitimate targets into the general area of a receiver/defender; throws in which a defender in coverage was directly involved the outcome. Throwaways and deflections at the line are excluded.The stats for each individual are that of the quarterback’s passing numbers when targeting the individual’s matchup. A player could receive coverage credit even if a teammate finished the play. For example, against Denver this season, Morris Claiborne tipped a pass in this direction that ended up being intercepted by Marcus Maye. I credited Claiborne with that interception.Penalties and pass breakups counted are only those accumulated in coverage. Penalties/PBUs picked up on blitzes, or penalties tackling another player’s responsibility, are not included. PBUs and INTs in the box score are not exclusive to one another.“Burns mitigated by opponent miscue,” or “miscues” (M) are included in charting to attempt to knock defenders who benefited from an egregious error by the offense (drop New York Jets T-Shirt , horrible throw) and give perspective to the validity of their raw stats. A defender can still register an interception or incompletion to his credit on a miscued play.First, here’s a look at each targeted player’s total numbers in coverage against Indianapolis.Next, let’s take a look at the coverage numbers broken down by individual player-vs.-player matchups and man coverage vs. zone coverage. Opponents who saw targets lined up both inside and outside are listed twice.Some takeaways from the numbers:Make no mistake - the Colts offense did everything it could to make life easier for the Jets secondary. Drops were abound, one of them leading to a pick six (though Jamal Adams made a good play on that snap and I did not credit him with a miscue) and most of them on potential first downs.Morris Claiborne had tight coverage on Ryan Grant and made a nice play on the ball to create the Avery Williamson interception, and also showed nice hustle and awareness to collect the eventual pick six created by Adams. However, he had a rough day otherwise, as he was bailed out on two drops, one of them a should-be 50+ yard gain for a potential touchdown, and allowed a few other first downs including a touchdown. He’s had a nice start, but is starting to really tiptoe the line.Darron Lee continues to stay quiet. He was late getting to the sideline on a first down allowed out of the backfield, but picked off his third pass of the year and stopped a few plays short.Rough day for Adams. The pick six play was a nice job taking advantage of a mistake, but otherwise, it was worst day in coverage in terms of yield. He was beat twice on the Colts’ first scoring drive in man coverage, first by Eric Ebron for 18 yards and then by someone named Mo Alie-Cox for 34 yards. It looked like shades of 2017, as Adams first was overpowered and tripped and then got overagressive and beat over the top. On the bright side, if in a bad game he still made as many plays as he did, that’s a great sign.Darryl Roberts and Parry Nickerson struggled in relief and were major reasons for the Jets’ struggles in this game. They combined to allow 3 touchdowns New York Jets Hats , while they were lucky not to be targeted for a few more potential big plays. All 3 of those looked to be in zone coverage, where both players had issues with their reactivity and Nickerson in particular seemed to have some problems understanding his assignments. The Jets are going to be in big trouble with these two playing extended reps as long as Trumaine Johnson and Buster Skrine are out, even though those two have struggled. The Vikings receivers are absolutely not going to drop passes like the Colts did. Roberts is simply a backup-quality outside corner, while Nickerson is going through his harsh rookie bumps you’d expect from a sixth-round pick.FILMLet’s start off with a bit of a goofy play at the end of the game. This is the final play from scrimmage run by the Colts, with the Jets up two scores.Todd Bowles pulls a rabbit out of his hat and drops 333-pound Mike Pennel into coverage. He actually does somewhat of a decent job covering the initial crossing route towards the middle but obviously has no chance to react and break on the next crosser, Chester Rogers, who takes the short pass and scores as Nickerson is caught way out of position cheating inside for some reason.In this clip, we see the Colts score their third touchdown of the game, cutting the Jets lead to one score early in the fourth quarter. He sticks with his matchup in the slot towards the middle while the tight Eric Swoope sneaks into the back corner.

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