Darrelle Revis would recover the fumble, bringing the anxiety in Lucas Oil Stadium to a whole new level.
The veteran cornerback is as yet bewildering the youthful quarterback.
"We've got a really good football team, and it gets frustrating when you just shoot yourself in the foot", Pagano said.
So he delivered a prime-time performance. I don't foresee the +7 point spread being enough for New York in this one. 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 routinely pressure quarterbacks.
An upset victory on the road over the Indianapolis Colts last night, makes the New York Jets and their fans believing they can do special things this season.
The Jets pressured Luck into an interception on the Colts' first series when Buster Skrine came on a corner blitz, causing the hosts' QB to throw high to Andre Johnson, who tipped the ball in the air.
So do the Colts who failed to score in the first half for the second straight week - something they last did in consecutive games in 1997.
It was a game that saw the Colts constantly shoot themselves in the foot with turnovers and penalties. The Jets matched that five-turnover total, kept the Colts out of the end zone for three full quarters and never gave Luck a chance to get comfortable. Ryan Fitzpatrick again managed the game well, as he did against the Cleveland Browns, and he has completed 63.8 percent of his passes and thrown for four TDs in eight quarters. Frank Gore averaged 4.3 yards per carry a year ago with the 49ers, with 2.3 yards coming after contact. But that could change.
In two games, Andrew Luck has six turnovers, and the Indianapolis Colts own two losses. The Jets later added a field goal to put the game out of reach. Those are numbers that are indicative of an 0-2 start.
Decker caught eight passes for 97 yards and a touchdown in Monday's win over the Indianapolis Colts, all in the first half.
After the Gilchrist pick, Nick Folk kicked a 46-yard field goal with 57 seconds to play, extending the Jets' lead to 13 points. The Jets defense was looking just like it did in 2010 when they found themselves in the AFC Championship game. The defense held strong for a long time, despite losing cornerback Vontae Davis to a concussion, leaving the secondary with all sorts of inexperience.