There has been plenty of talk this week about how the Jets structured themselves this off-season to beat the Indianapolis Colts. They added Antonio Cromartie, Kyle Wilson, and Brodney Pool to help cover his receivers and brought in Jason Taylor and eventually Trevor Pryce to put more pressure on him. It is true, that on paper those additions should help and you would hope the Jets defense can hold Peyton Manning to less than the 30 points they allowed in the AFC Championship Game.
However, it is hard to see this Jets defense turn this game into low scoring battle. The Colts are going to get their points and likely end up somewhere in the mid to high 20s on the scoreboard. Yet, what people forget about when discussing how the Jets built themselves to beat the Colts is how their offense is now better equipped to run up points on the Indianapolis defense.
The first thought when playing the Colts is rightfully to run the football down the throat of their 25th ranked rush defense and keep Manning off the field. Despite this, the Colts have been better as of late stopping the run and there is no reason to handcuff Mark Sanchez in this game.
Let me be clear, I am not saying the Jets should come out slinging the ball 45 times. However, the Jets must mix in a downfield passing attack to complement their running game because the potential for big plays will be there.
The Jets were able to complete big plays last year in the AFC Championship Game and now have Santonio Holmes as an additional weapon, LaDainian Tomlinson catching passes out of the backfield, and most importantly an improved Mark Sanchez. You can attack this Colts secondary, which has been a revolving door all season because of injuries. They simply don’t have the personnel to match-up with Braylon Edwards, Holmes, Dustin Keller, and Jerricho Cotchery. Yes, I am aware of their pass rush but we do have a Pro-Bowl tackle in D’Brickashaw Ferguson and held up fine against the Steelers pass rush and Julius Peppers, without Damien Woody who will now be back in the line-up.
Look at the stat-lines for the quarterbacks who have faced the Colts the previous seven weeks —
- Week 17 – Kerry Collins – 28/39, 300 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs
- Week 16 – Jason Campbell – 29/42, 231 yards, 1 TD, 0 INTs
- Week 15 – David Garrard – 24/38, 294, 2 TDs, 1 INT
- Week 14 -Kerry Collins – 28/39, 244 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs
- Week 13 – Jon Kitna – 18/26, 167 yards, 1 TD, 0 INTs
- Week 12 – Philip Rivers – 19/23, 185 yards, 0 TDs, 0 INTs
- Week 11 – Tom Brady, 19/25, 186 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs
Don’t be afraid to air it out a little bit this week Schotty.