It’s hard to believe, but we are already in Week 9 of the 2021 NFL season.
This has been one of the wildest weeks of NFL news in quite some time, and some of it has a dramatic effect on one of Thursday night’s two teams. The Tennessee Titans lead the AFC South by three games over the Indianapolis Colts, but they just lost Derrick Henry for the foreseeable future. If the Colts are to make up ground, they have to start right now, against the New York Jets (coming off their second win of the season!) on “Thursday Night Football.”
Let’s take a look at the matchup, as well as how you can watch the game.
How to watch
Date: Thursday, Nov. 4 | Time: 8:20 p.m. ET
Location: Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis)
TV: Fox | Stream: fuboTV (click here)
Follow: CBS Sports App
Odds: Colts -10.5, O/U 45.5
When the Jets have the ball
So… Mike White, huh? The White Lotus went 37 of 45 for 405 yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions against a Cincinnati Bengals defense that had previously looked pretty damn good and had most recently been seen shutting down Lamar Jackson and the Ravens.
White’s performance was pretty fascinating, because while he undoubtedly made some nice throws, the Jets almost exclusively asked him to check down and get the ball into the hands of short-range targets, who then did work the ball in their hands. White averaged 9.0 yards per attempt, but his average pass traveled just 3.7 yards downfield, according to TruMedia. So, he ended up getting 68.4% of his passing yardage total from yards that were gained after the catch. He didn’t throw any deep (20-plus yards in the air) passes, but actually went 5 of 6 for 75 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception on intermediate throws between 11 and 20 yards downfield. That’s pretty impressive.
The good news for the Jets is that the Colts have gotten pressure on a considerably-below-average 29.7% of opponent dropbacks this…