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Mark Sanchez and the New York Jets roll into Indianapolis with a swagger that you would expect from a defending Super Bowl team not from a rookie head coach, quarterback, and running back. But why shouldn't they feel good? The J-E-T-S punked the Cincinnati Bengals in the Wild Card round and then embarrassed the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm to advance to the AFC Championship game. Plus they beat the Colts in Week 16. Even though Peyton Manning and most of the other starters were pulled in the third quarter the feels they can repeat the act. They're wrong.

There's something to be said for youthful exuberance and not knowing any better. There's more to be said for having one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time playing the position as well as he ever has. The Jets have talked themselves into believing they're going to the Super Bowl. The Colts have played themselves into believing they're going to the Super Bowl.

Indianapolis was 14-0 with a 23-game regular season winning streak before they rolled over for the New York Jets in Week 16. This means if they try and aren't playing the San Diego Chargers in the playoffs, the Colts are close to unbeatable. Indianapolis led the Jets 15-10 when the starters were pulled and there's no reason to believe they wouldn't have won if the starters played all the way through. New York claims the win gives them the confidence that they can beat Indy again but unless Curtis Painter makes an appearance when the game still matters the Jets have no shot.

Rex Ryan and Jim Caldwell are both rookie head coaches, and while Ryan can lean on his father's defensive knowledge, Caldwell has Peyton Manning's arm on the field. Revis Island isn't big enough to hold Reggie Wayne, Dallas Clark, Pierre Garcon, or whoever Manning decides to throw the ball to. Sanchez's lack of experience, and the coach's lack of confidence in him severely limits New York's offense. The Colts won't waste as many scoring opportunities as the Chargers did, so when the Jets fall down by double digits, the dream ends. Fortunately for Sanchez and Ryan the loss gives them experience to carry on to next season.

By H. Gore  |  January 20, 2010; 2:13 PM ET  | Category:  Indianapolis Colts , New York Jets , Peyton Manning Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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"New York claims the win gives them the confidence that they can beat Indy again but unless Curtis Painter makes an appearance when the game still matters the Jets have no shot."

NO SHOT? really?
I know the Colts won't make the same bone-headed plays as SD, but if they have no shot, then why play the game? Any given sunday, anything can happen. If they fall down by double digits, the Jets are toast, I agree. But when do the Colts really blow out teams? For god's sake, they ALMOST lost twice to Houston! Now almost only counts in horseshoes, but you have to give the Jets at least 30% chance. I'm sure you didn't give the GMEN a chance vs. DALLAS, GB, or NE in 2007, but stranger things have happened.
Colts are the better team for sure. Heck, they're the best team in the NFL. But the Jets have a puncher's shot.

Posted by: Jetscanbeatindy | January 21, 2010 3:50 PM

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