What to watch: Will Colts get bullied (again) by Jets?


The New York Jets and Indianapolis Colts enter Monday night in two different head spaces.

The Jets took care of business in Week 1 against the Browns, getting off to a 1-0 start for the fifth straight season. All is well at Bowles Manor, and you can expect a loose, confident team hitting the field at Lucas Oil Stadium.

The Colts, meanwhile, are still smarting after a decisive loss to the Bills that looks even worse after the Patriots went into Orchard Park and hung a 40-burger on the same Rex Ryan defense that flummoxed Andrew Luck & Co. The Colts successfully dug themselves out of an 0-2 hole last season, but that doesn't mean they want to have to do again.

Here's what we'll be watching for tonight:

1. The Colts got pushed around by the Bills, the latest evidence Indianapolis struggles against physical teams. Last week on the Around The NFL Podcast, Chris Wesseling compared New York's top receivers -- Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker -- to a pair of power forwards. Chris Ivory, meanwhile, did his best Beast Mode impression against the Browns, running through tackle after tackle. Translation: The Colts could get bullied again.

2. Ryan Fitzpatrick gave the Jets exactly what they were looking for in Week 1. He played smart, limited his mistakes and looked supremely comfortable in Chan Gailey's offense. The question remains how the Amish Rifle will fare if the Jets fall behind and he needs to lead the team back. This scenario is certainly possible on the road against a stud quarterback.

3. We'll be curious to see how Andre Johnson looks. The seven-time Pro Bowler looked slow in his Colts debut on Sunday, fueling speculation he's no longer a difference-maker at age 34. If the Jets use Darrelle Revis in coverage against Johnson -- a real possibility -- Johnson could be looking at another pedestrian performance.

4. The Colts have issues at cornerback. There's no problem at the top, where Vontae Davis -- who hasn't allowed a passing touchdown since 2013 -- will likely square off with Jets No. 1 receiver Brandon Marshall. After that, things get dicey for Chuck Pagano. His second and third cornerbacks (Greg Toler and Darius Butler) are both out with injuries. Look out for a potential big night from Eric Decker, who played a lot in the slot against the Browns.

5. T.Y. Hilton (knee) is listed as questionable, but NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported the wideout will play. It will be interesting to see if Todd Bowles uses Revis to cover the Colts' top playmaker. In January's AFC title game, Bill Belichick had Revis lock down the opposite side of the field and successfully minimized Hilton using second corner coverage and safety help over the top. We could see the Jets employ similar strategy tonight.