Thursday Night Football: Carson Wentz, Jonathan Taylor carry Colts to 45-30 win

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Carson Wentz threw for 272 yards and three touchdowns, Jonathan Taylor rushed for 172 yards and two touchdowns, and the Indianapolis Colts rolled to a 45-30 victory over the New York Jets on Thursday night.

The Colts led 42-10 with 6:02 left to play in the third quarter before the Jets started to cut into the final deficit with a barrage of scores by third-string quarterback Josh Johnson. Taylor’s 172 rushing yards were the second-highest mark of his career and included a 78-yard touchdown in the third quarter that gave the Colts their largest lead of the night.

Johnson, playing for an injured Mike White, competed 27 of 41 passes for 317 yards and three touchdowns in the relief effort for the Jets. However, the hole got way too large for the Jets to keep up. White injured his forearm in the first quarter when his hand hit DeForest Buckner on his follow through.

After Nyheim Hines got the Colts on the board with a 34-yard touchdown run, White answered back with a 19-yard touchdown pass to Elijah Moore to even the game at 7-7. White exited the game on the Jets’ next possession and did not return.

The Colts then took full control as Taylor scored on a 21-yard run and Jack Doyle caught a 1-yard touchdown pass from Wentz to take a 21-7 lead. Matt Ammendola‘s 33-yard field goal cut into the Colts lead but Michael Pittman Jr. added an 11-yard touchdown catch from Wentz with 12 seconds left in the half to make it a 28-10 game at the break.

Backup guard Danny Pinter caught a 2-yard touchdown pass from Wentz on a tackle eligible play and Taylor sprung free on his 78-yard touchdown run as the Colts took a commanding 42-10 lead in the third quarter. Pinter’s touchdown is the first by a Colts offensive lineman since Anthony Castanzo caught a touchdown against the New England Patriots in 2014.

The Jets then clawed back into the game on the scoreboard in what was essentially garbage time over the final 20 minutes of the game.

Johnson hit Moore for a 19-yard touchdown, tight end Ryan Griffin for a 13-yard score and running back Ty Johnson on a 22-yard touchdown as New York cut the deficit to 45-30 around a Michael Badgley field goal. Johnson nearly added a fourth score for the Jets but a pass intended for Keelan Cole was deflected at the line of scrimmage by Taylor Stallworth that was picked off by Bobby Okereke at the Colts 7-yard line to stop the rally from progressing any further.

14 responses to “Thursday Night Football: Carson Wentz, Jonathan Taylor carry Colts to 45-30 win

  1. That game didn’t feel as close as the score would indicate, but at the end it did feel that close. Weird.

  2. I was very impressed with Josh Johnson. I wasn’t even sure who he was until I did a search. I was getting him confused with Josh Freeman. He played admirably tonight but I was most impressed about how upset he was with that INT on a pass that was tipped and not even his fault. It’s good to see someone have some fire in their veins.

  3. Really hope Zach learns to take what the defense will give him. A 2nd and 3rd string Qb did and looked miles ahead of Zach.

  4. Atta boy Wentz! Nobody’s benching this guy, and that first round draft pick is in sight.

  5. With the Jets you don’t know whether to make fun of their ineptitude, or to feel sorry for them because they can’t seem to buy a break. A little of both I guess.

  6. As a Jets fan I always look for that silver lining in a loss. Much easier than finding a win amiright. What i see from White and Johnson’s “success” is that the system they are trying to instill works. Two QBs who would be on the street if it were not for the Jets perform well enough to be considered quality backups. So the question lies how long will it take for Wilson to thrive in this system or like many others did the Jets pick an OC that does not match with their QB.

  7. The colts offensive line completely dominated the Jets defensive line.
    That open huge holes for the running game and took all the pressure off the passing game.

    The MVP of that game is the colts offensive line.

  8. eaglesfan22 says:
    November 5, 2021 at 2:25 am
    Atta boy Wentz! Nobody’s benching this guy, and that first round draft pick is in sight
    And your GM will blow it…. As usual.

  9. As long as Matt Eberflus is their defensive coordinator, the defense will be marginal at best. He doesn’t adapt at all during a game.

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