Who would have thunk it? The New York Jets are one win away from the Super Bowl? Rex Ryan thought so. The Jets take on their biggest challenge in the playoffs as they go head on with the Indianapolis Colts at 2 p.m. at Lucas Oil Stadium. The game will be televised by CBS. The key will be the Jets defense. How will they hold off Peyton Manning. If anyone is up to the challenge it's the front seven led by Bryan Thomas and Bart Scott and a talented secondary anchored by the outstanding cornerback Darrelle Revis and safeties Jim Leonhard and Kerry Rhodes.
Manning has completed 68 percent of his passes for 33 tds and 16 ints. Can Jeff Saturday and company protect Manning against a ferocious Jets' front? If Peyton has time he has the targets. Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark have both caught 100 balls both for over 1,000 yards and 10 tds. Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie are outstanding receivers, too.
On the flip side, can rookie Mark Sanchez get it done against Dwight Freeney and company? Sanchez has thrown 12 tds against 20 ints, but has been much better in the playoffs, playing mostly mistake-free football. His key td pass to Dustin Keller put the Jets up 10-7 against San Diego last week in a 17-14 victory.
Thomas Jones and Shonn Greene are stellar. Jones has rushed for 1,400 yards and Greene 540. Jones has 14 tds, and Greene has two, but one of Greene's was a huge 53 yard td run that put the Jets up on the Chargers 17-7 last week. The Jets held the Chargers off from there. A Greene fourth and one run sealed it.
Can the old school Jets beat the flashy Colts? Peyton Manning is wide open, but throws a lot of short, controlled passes that keep the defense honest, then can burn you with a long one. He's a surgeon on the field and the Jets have their hands totally full.
I see a good game with the Jets keeping close and having a shot to win at the end. If they do that, they may.