How Gang Green can topple the heavily favored Colts
It was a different time…heck, it was a really a whole different era when you think about it…but the biggest upset in Jets history took place against the Colts.
Mark Sanchez is not Joe Namath, Peyton Manning is not Johnny Unitas and the game has changed exponentially since 1969….but lightning could strike once more and David could once again fell Goliath.
1. Key on Dallas Clark- The Jets cannot do the same thing they did against San Diego last week when they let Vincent Jackson operate without Darrelle Revis shadowing him, so they'll certainly put Revis all over the Colts' Reggie Wayne. That will leave the current best tight end in the game Dallas Clark with some potentially favorable matchups. S Kerry Rhodes will have to do an even better job containing Clark than he did on the Chargers' Antonio Gates for the Jets to even have a hope.
2. Control the clock with the run- The last place the Jets want the ball is in Peyton Manning's hands. Therefore, their first priority should be to keep it out of them. This task is actually feasible given that they will be facing the Colts' 24th ranked rushing defense. Expect a steady diet of Thomas Jones and ShonnGreene as New York attempts to move the chains as slowly as possible to bleed the clock.
3. Mistake-free football- The Colts are good enough to burn any football team that makes the smallest mistake. Therefore, the Jets simply cannot make any. No fumbles, no interceptions, no errors in clock management…zilch, nada, nothing. By the same token, they will need to exploit any chinks in the armor that the Colts expose.
The bottom line is, logically, the Colts should run away with this game due to their experience and talent. Still, anyone…even Peyton Manning…can have a bad day.
I'm calling it:
Jets 24, Colts 21
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Written by Frank Mazzola