Calvin Pryor intercepted one pass to set up a touchdown, while Darrelle Revis snuffed out a scoring chance by recovering an Indianapolis fumble in his own end zone as the New York Jets held on for a 20-7 victory over the Colts in the NFL on Monday.
New York, 2-0 for the first time since 2011, already has 10 takeaways this season and has turned them into 31 points — a stark contrast from last year, when the Jets scored 20 points off turnovers the entire season.
Indianapolis matched last season’s 0-2 start by losing back-to-back games for only the second time in quarterback Andrew Luck’s four-year career.
Against an offense that was considered one of the league’s best coming into the season, Revis and the Jets made sure it was no contest.
Revis continued his mastery of the Colts by recovering two fumbles and grabbing one of Luck’s three interceptions, and between the Jets’ suffocating defense and a steady stream of costly penalties, the Colts never could really get in sync.
Ryan Fitzpatrick finished 22 of 34 for 244 yards with two touchdown passes and one interception. He 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 one touchdown.
Meanwhile, the Colts were shut out in the first half in consecutive weeks for the first time since 1997. Luck was 21 of 37 for 250 yards with one touchdown and three picks.
Elsewhere in the NFL, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is expected to miss about two months with a broken left collarbone.
The loss of Romo in Sunday’s 20-10 victory at Philadelphia means the defending NFC East champion Cowboys (2-0) will be without their starting quarterback and All-Pro wide receiver Dez Bryant possibly through next month.
Coach Jason Garrett on Monday said that tests revealed no ligament damage for Romo after the second broken collarbone of his career.
The other was in 2010, and he missed the final 10 games of the season.
The most optimistic time frame for Romo to return is during a two-game swing in Florida on Nov. 15 (Tampa Bay) and Nov. 22 (Miami).
Brandon Weeden replaced Romo against the Eagles and threw a clinching 42-yard touchdown pass to Terrance Williams in the fourth quarter.
Dallas host Atlanta on Sunday.
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