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Dawn Knight

Dawn Knight

The author of Taliaferro: Breaking Barriers and a high school English teacher.

Can't beat the Colts


As an impartial judge (Colts are going to win), I can only make observations (Colts are going to win) based on facts (Colts are going to win). So maybe I'm not that impartial, but it does look like Indy has the advantage over the Jets. Everyone knows the statistics are in Indy's favor, but NFL fans also know what can happen any given Sunday.

Sure, the Jets beat the favored Chargers in San Diego, but San Diego played a large role in that outcome. I slept through much of it, but was awake enough to see that the Jets did not win so much as the Chargers lost, with three missed field goals by Nate Kaeding and ten penalties.

Those mistakes aren't likely to happen in Indy. The Colts organization is known for its ability to play smart football. And although Rookie QB Mark Sanchez has markedly improved over the course of the season, he simply can't outscore the great Peyton Manning, nor can he escape the clutches of Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis. The Jets may have the best defense in the league, but it was evident during the December Colts/Jets matchup that they couldn't stop Manning from hitting one of his many weapons.

The 65,000 Colts fans at Lucas Oil Stadium should be well rested and ready to be a presence this Sunday. If the noise level last Saturday was any indicator, the Colts' twelfth man could be a source of inspiration for the Colts and irritation for the Jets. (I'm still hoarse.)
Despite the Colts' obvious advantages, the game won't be a lopsided one. New York's run game will eat up some of the clock leaving Manning less time on the field. And I'm looking forward to watching the matchup between Reggie Wayne and Darrelle Revis. The Jets also need to prove they can beat Indy's starters, so they will be motivated. This is going to be fun! (Oh, and the Colts are going to win.)

By Dawn Knight  |  January 20, 2010; 2:53 PM ET  | Category:  Indianapolis Colts , New York Jets Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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" I slept through much of it, but was awake enough to see that the Jets did not win so much as the Chargers lost, with three missed field goals by Nate Kaeding and ten penalties."
WOW. Did you really write that? First off, you slept through the best game of the weekend?
Second, if you would have watched the game, you would have seen that a majority of the penalties called on SD, were false starts, which are EASILY attributed to the Jets D. SD's O-line looked scared, and the Jets D forced them to jump when they saw a blitz coming.
Yes, there were some dumb personal fouls, and Kaeding did miss 2 FG's, but you might have missed the Jets forcing 3 fumbles, yet SD recovered all three. Isn't that lucky too? Oh, and you might have missed the overturned fumble call, that to everyone on PLANET EARTH, was obviously a fumble. So yes, the Jets did benefit from some lucky misses, but they EARNED that win. I didn;t see SD stop the TD pass to Keller or tackle Greene on his TD run. Actually, Eric Wedge? should be ashamed of himself. You might have missed that tackle when you were dreaming of the chargers beating the Jets. I guess the Jets have to beat Indy to get some respect.

Posted by: Jetscanbeatindy | January 20, 2010 3:49 PM

Great comment!!!
I don't think Dawn can't reply to your comments.

Another article diminishing the JETS game ...
But I guess I shouldn't care about someone who tries to analyze a game when she slept through much of it...

Posted by: AlexNu | January 20, 2010 8:31 PM

Should stand for 'dumb-knucklehead'

Can I please have your job??? I'd love to sleep through the my work and write a piece based off stats from

Posted by: luvdc808 | January 21, 2010 3:31 PM

Lay off Dawn you guys. Shortly after the half I almost fell asleep. It started out being a great game for a Colts fan (like me) but of course the quote "starters" were taken out of the game and it just got awful. I think the colts will win.

Posted by: danklemann1 | January 23, 2010 7:11 PM

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