The New York Jets aren’t the most likeable team in the world but they do have a roster that can compete with the best in the NFL. That may be all that matters this Saturday night.
Manning’s missing weapons The Colts and Jets met in last year’s AFC Championship game but Indianapolis won’t be able to count on some of the players that secured their place in the Super Bowl. Austin Collie and Dallas Clark are both on injured reserve while Joseph Addai and Pierre Garcon have both performed far below the heights they reached in last season’s playoffs. That places even more pressure than usual on the shoulders of Peyton Manning. While the Colts’ quarterback has previously performed miracles with limited resources, his efforts in 2010 have been nothing short of heroic. On Saturday night he will need to step up one more time and find a way to win.
Jets’ defense wants payback Despite a strong start in last year’s AFC Championship game, the New York Jets defense eventually wilted in the face of the Colts’ attack. This time around NFL betting fans can forget talk of ‘Revis Island’, the whole Jets defense will be on a mission to isolate Manning’s targets. Antonio Cromartie, a frustratingly inconsistent player, has an unusually good record against Manning and that could play a big role in this game.
Redemption for Sanchez? Mark Sanchez attracts an awful lot of attention for a second-year quarterback. After playing a game-managing role throughout the 2009 season, the Sanchize has been forced to try and make more of an impact this season. That step up has seen Sanchez endure his share of troubles but adjustments to the offense in the last three weeks of the season saw his play as a whole improve. He won’t have to do the work all on his own. LaDainian Tomlinson, Shonn Greene, and the emerging talent of Joe McKnight, give the Jets plenty of options to move the ball on the ground.
The Verdict The Colts did well to sweep their last four games and take the AFC South title but maintaining that momentum is going to be tough. The Jets, for all their failings, showed grit in the final weeks of the season to book the sixth seed and look like they will be a tough match-up against anyone. For all the misery that usually follows hubris, I don’t think Rex Ryan’s big talk is going to cost his team the game. New York’s finest will live to fight another week. Bet on the New York Jets to win as +3.0 underdogs with Sports Interaction.