The Colts look to gain revenge for their first loss of the season
In a press conference prior to their week 16 match up with the Colts head coach of the Jets, Rex Ryan, ran down his Christmas list that asked for several of the Colts starters to sit out. Apparently Rex had been a good boy all year because he got his wish. Jim Caldwell began pulling his starters in the 3rd quarter and Indy suffered their first loss of the season. Unfortunately for Ryan Christmas season is over and Ol’ St. Nick ain’t listening anymore.
The Jets come in of a surprising win over the San Diego Chargers in the divisional round. For much of the game their offense was held at bay while their defense did enough to keep them within a touchdown. In the 4th quarter they found their stride and put up 14 points. The Chargers scored a late td but in the end the Jets pulled of the upset and took down the might Super Chargers.
The Colts look to maintain the momentum from last weeks win over the Ravens. This week they face another opponent from the regular season. For Indy this game is all about revenge. If there was any need to further motivate the Colts player all coach Caldwell needs to do is show his team footage from the last 20 minutes of their week 16 loss. As the Jets took the lead and continued to pile on the CBS cameras panned along the sideline showing many of the Colts looking frustrated and helpless. It seemed many of them were already aware of Caldwell’s plan to take out the starters but they couldn’t help but want to get back in the game to gain a victory.
I expect the Indy offense to strike quick and be aggressively immediately. New York’s star cornerback Darrelle Revis will more than likely be matched up against Reggie Wayne all afternoon. This will limit Wayne’s production however throughout the season Peyton Manning has done well to find other receivers. I expect this to be no different. The Jets are known for frequently blitzing. This rattles most QBs but Manning performs well in the face of pressure, completing 68% of his passes.
The Indy defense should perform well against the Jets’ unimaginative offense. It’s no secret they will run the ball repeatedly with Thomas Jones and Shawn Greene. The defense has done well to keep strong rushing attacks in check. When Mark Sanchez drops back to pass I expect the speed of Indy’s defense to cause him many problems. Sanchez will have to quickly get through his progressions to find an open target because Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis will be coming fast off the ends. In addition any arrant pass he delivers will likely be picked off by the secondary.
This game will answer the questions left after week 16. Both teams have something to prove here. For the Jets, were they given a gift wrapped win or are the really the better team? For the Colts, was week 16 a means to an end and can they really beat the Jets at full strength? Sunday afternoon we’ll know the answers.
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Written by Martin Foster
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