This weekend the Jets and Colts will battle in Indianapolis for the AFC Championship and a ticket for the Super Bowl. Who would have thought the wild card Jets would knock off the AFC North Champs and the AFC West Champs on back to back weekends? That's other than brash Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan of course.
The Jets are on a roll and who got them going? Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the Indianapolis Colts. Back on December 27Th the Jets were close to elimination from the playoffs and playing the mighty, undefeated Colts in Indy. What happened? Ahead on the scoreboard early in the 3rd quarter the Colts pull Peyton Manning and a handful of key players from the game to protect them from injury. The result, The Jets comeback to defeat the second stringers and snap the Colts 23 game regular season unbeaten streak. With that win the Jets also took control of their own playoff destiny. A win against Cincinnati on the last week of the season and the Jets are in. With the AFC North title locked up the Bengals rolled over and the Jets won in a 37-0 romp. That put the Jets in the post season as a wild card team.
After bashing the Bengals 24-14 in a playoff rematch, and this weekend's hard fought win in San Diego, the Jets now head back to Indianapolis. Is that Karma or what?
That adds to the story line for this weekend's game that already shapes up as a talker. These two football teams are completely different. 4 time NFL MVP Peyton Manning leads the Colts. They are number two in the NFL in passing, throwing the ball 607 times for more than 4,500 yards. They are also dead last in the league in rushing.
What the Colts are the Jets are not. The Jets start rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez. They are second to last in the league in passing, throwing the ball 200 times less than the Colts for 2,100 less yards. The Jets are the top rushing team in the NFL. They ran the ball 607 times for 2,756 yards. When it comes to yards allowed they are the number one defense in the league. They are also number one against the pass.
It will be fun to watch these contrasting styles of play. I think you still give the edge to the Colts. This is a team that always seems to find a way to win. And if the Jets pull the upset, the Colts will have no one to blame but themselves for jump starting a team on the verge of elimination.