INDIANAPOLIS – Darrelle Revis’ new team is getting the same results he’s always had against Andrew Luck.
The veteran cornerback is still mystifying the young quarterback.
Revis picked off one pass, recovered two fumbles and helped the suddenly opportunistic Jets defense come up with five more turnovers Monday night to help New York pull away for a 20-7 victory at Indianapolis.
“It’s Monday night, on a big stage, and we knew what type of game this was going to be,” Revis said.
With Revis and Antonio Cromartie locking down outside receivers, first-year coach Todd Bowles has been able to rely on his defensive front to stop the run and pressure quarterbacks.
In the opener against Cleveland, New York converted five turnovers into 21 points.
Against the supposedly high-powered Colts offense, they did it again. The Jets kept the Colts out of the end zone for three full quarters and never gave Luck a chance to get comfortable. The result: New York is off to its first 2-0 start since 2011.
“The name of the game is turnovers and keeping the score down, regardless of whatever else happens,” Bowles said.
Indianapolis (0-2) is keeping its dismal start in perspective. After starting last season with back-to-back losses, they won five straight.
This time seems different. Luck was 21 of 37 for 250 yards with one touchdown, three interceptions and lost one fumble. After a strong start, Frank Gore finished with 15 carries for 57 yards and Donte Moncrief caught seven passes for 122 yards and Indy’s only TD.
Part of the problem was Revis and his teammates. The other problems were self-inflicted. Indy was called for 11 penalties, Gore bobbled a handoff at the Jets 1-yard line that Revis recovered in the end zone, Adam Vinatieri missed a 29-yard field goal – the first time he’s missed one from shorter than 30 yards since 2007 – and for the first time since 1997, the Colts were shut out in the first half in back-to-back weeks.
Indy has scored just 21 points in eight quarters.
“You can’t penalize yourself, you can’t turn the ball over,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. “We have to protect, give him (Luck) a clean pocket. You can’t drive the length of the field and put the football on the ground.”
Ryan Fitzpatrick finished 22 of 34 for 244 yards with two TD passes and one interception for the Jets.
Fitzpatrick became the first player since 1950 to start five consecutive road games against one team while playing for five different teams. He was 0-4 in the previous starts.
Eric Decker had eight receptions for 97 yards before leaving with a knee injury, and Brandon Marshall caught seven passes for 101 yards and a TD for New York.
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