The Colts lacked their starting offensive backs and couldn't score a touchdown but Raul Allegre's three field goals beat the New York Jets, 9-5, today in a rainy game of attrition.
The Colts (4-7) stuck to the ground although the Jets (6-5) lacked three starters in their secondary.
"We're almost self-destructive with our passing game," said Coach Frank Kush, whose team is last in the AFC in passing. "I felt we had to run the ball, run it and hide it."
"Our offense sputtered and sputtered," defensive end Joe Klecko of the Jets said. "We gave away a game we should have won. It was not a team effort. You've got to get mad at yourself."
New York's Pat Leahy kicked a 27-yard field goal in the third quarter and the Jets got a second period safety when Colts' center Don Bailey snapped the ball out of the end zone on punt formation.
The Jets' Freeman McNeil, the AFC's leading rusher entering the game, was a late scratch with sore ribs. The Jets also lost starting quarterback Pat Ryan with a concussion in the fourth quarter. Ryan, who also suffered a concussion against the New England Patriots two weeks ago, was hospitalized for overnight observation.
The Colts opened without running back Curtis Dickey and lost fullback Randy McMillan with bruised ribs in the second quarter. Reserve Frank Middleton carried 31 times for 73 yards.