Posted on: January 22, 2010 6:28 pm
Edited on: January 22, 2010 6:35 pm
The Indianapolis Colts take on the New York Jets this weekend for the right to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl. On one side, the Colts are led by the MVP of the league, a future hall of fame quarterback in Peyton Manning. On the other side, the Jets are led by the number one defense in the NFL, and one of the top running games in the league (maybe the top, I forget to be honest).
The Jets defense has been amazing this season, and one player in particular has gone from, essentially, being a no-namer to a household name. NYJ cornerback Darrelle Revis has repeatedly shut down some of the top receivers in the game, including Andre Johnson, Randy Moss, Roddy White, among others. His assignment this week will more than likely be Indianapolis star wide receiver Reggie Wayne. Tough draw for any defender in the NFL, but I like Revis to do a good job on Wayne.
With that being said, the Colts have many other weapons to throw the ball to. Even if Revis does a superb job on Reggie Wayne, Peyton has superb pass-catching tight end Dallas Clark and young wideouts Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie to throw the ball to. I see the Jets struggling to cover all of the Colts' weapons in this game, especially with a QB like Manning getting them the ball.
The Jets' offense will have to play a very good game if they want to keep up with Indy. Rookie Mark Sanchez has been very accurate and very smart lately... however, the Jets are not a team that can pick up a chunk of yards through the air. Will short slant routes get it done vs. the Colts? The Jets do feature an amazing run game, led by Thomas Jones and Shonn Greene. Whether it's Jones or Greene, the Jets repeatedly pound the ball inside and pitch it outside, carving up big yards for their backs.
This is truly a game of offense vs. defense, with the Colts' high powered offense meeting the Jets' dominance defense. Turn the tables though, and I think the Colts' defense can do a good job with the Jets' offense.
The Jets' offense did not have a good game at San Diego last week. Luckily, their defense played outstanding on the road, shutting down the Chargers... and the offense's mediocre performance got the job done.
To be honest, I don't see the Colts struggling as the Chargers did. I don't see the Jets winning in Indianapolis, their third road game in a row, vs. the MVP quarterback, on arguably the biggest stage of Sanchez's career...
The Cinderella story ends.
Posted on: August 22, 2009 12:25 pm
Edited on: August 22, 2009 12:38 pm
Top 10 Quarterbacks
Posted on: January 18, 2008 5:39 pm
Edited on: March 17, 2008 10:07 am
New England 28, San Diego 13
The Patriots shouldn't have too much of a problem with the Chargers. Rivers, Tomlinson, and Gates are all shaken up, something that will hurt the Chargers tremendously. If Peyton Manning can be that accurate against the Chargers, I think Tom Brady should be able to, also.
Green Bay 21, New York Giants 7
Green Bay knows how to play in cold weather, and Ryan Grant knows how to run in snow. Eli Manning may have a tough time against Harris and Woodson, but who knows which Eli will show up? I say the decent one shows up, but decent won't win you games.
Should be a fun Sunday!