WRITTEN BY CHRISTOPHER O’MARA
The New York Jets a.k.a. Gang Green will travel to Indianapolis this weekend for a grudge match with the Colts in the AFC Championship game.
The Jets have played very well of late, being dominant against the Cincinnati Bengals 24-14 then winning an epic game against the San Diego Chargers 17-14.
Many critics have doubted Gang Green but coach Rex Ryan has told his players to focus on one goal — to reach and win the Super Bowl this year.
One main reason for The Jets’ success this postseason is the defensive play calling by the Jets’ coaching staff.
Darrel Revis is the best shutdown cornerback in the NFL. Chad Johnson had minimal effect in the Wild Card round — two catches accumulating 28 yards — of the playoffs due to Revis’ defensive schemes.
Revis also had an incredible interception against the Chargers last week, when the football popped up off the foot of Vincent Jackson, San Diego’s Wide Receiver, and was corralled in the cornerback’s chest.
The Colts have lived up to their reputation this season. Their quarterback Peyton Manning single-handedly won the Divisional Playoff game last week against the Baltimore Ravens.
Manning played outstandingly well against the Ravens’ defense (ranked 3rd in the entire NFL) by throwing for 246 yards, with two touchdowns and one interception.
Another key factor that will benefit the Jets this Sunday is rookie sensation Shonn Greene (pictured above). Greene, the Jets’ running back, ran for over 100 yards each playoff game — 285 total yards combined from both playoff games.
Jets coach Rex Ryan (pictured right) has been very confident about his team.
When challenged by reporters that many analysts thought The Jets were the weakest team entering the playoffs, Ryan replied, “”To me we should be favorites. I mean in the whole tournament. I think we have the best defense; I know we do. I think we have the best rushing attack … If I had a choice to coach any team in this tournament, I would choose this one.”
Once again, Ryan is very confident his team will beat the number one seed Colts in Indianapolis this weekend.
The Jets beat The Colts in Week 16 of the regular season — but skeptics point to the fact The Colts pulled their starters after only two quarters of that game to save them for the playoffs.
The 29-15 defeat of The Colts by Gang Green in Week 16 helped them make the playoffs and ended The Colts attempt for a perfect season that Sunday.
Tune in Sunday at 3pm on CBS to see who is the winner of AFC and will play in Super Bowl XLIV.
Can The Jets beat a full-strength Colts? We will find out on Sunday.