Gang Green advances to the AFC title matchup against Peyton Manning and the Colts
When the Jets take the field next week to face the Indianapolis Colts for the AFC championship, they are likely to be considered massive underdogs by…well, just about everybody.
So what else is new?
Aided by three missed Nate Kaeding field goals, the Jets left San Diego with an upset 17-14 victory over the favored Chargers. Rookie Shonn Greene continued his amazing recent play by posting 128 rushing yards (including a fierce 53 yard run for a score) and the defense contained San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers just enough, holding him to one touchdown but intercepting him twice.
Jets rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez was, for the most part, unremarkable in throwing for just 100 yards on 12 completions. However, he produced a huge touchdown early in the fourth quarter to give the Jets the lead that they never reliquished by rolling to his right and squeezing a pass in between two defenders to tight end Dustin Keller when the Jets were deep in Chargers territory.
New York, however, did play with fire a little bit when they chose not to have shutdown cornerback Darrelle Revis shadow Vincent Jackson. The Chargers leading receiver responded to the freedom by catching seven passes for 111 yards. However, he also cost the team an important 15 yards when he stupidly kicked the red challenge flag that New York coach Rex Ryan had thrown on the field to contest a catch Jackson made in the fourth quarter.
So now, the Jets travel to Indianapolis and face the team whose undefeated season they ended. Of course, that Colts team was markedly different from the one the Jets will face this week.
Currently, the Colts are favored by more than a touchdown according to Vegas betting lines. However, these Jets don't give a hoot about what the world thinks. They are playing confidently and believe they are capable of anything.
I'll have my game preview up later this week. However, tonight, I will go to sleep and dream about the Jets making it to the Super Bowl, facing the traitorous Brett Favre there and bringing home the gold.
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Written by Frank Mazzola