Frankenstein Now Faces His Monster

Luke MillerCorrespondent IJanuary 18, 2010

CINCINNATI - JANUARY 9: Head coach Rex Ryan of the New York Jets stands on the sidelines during the 2010 AFC wild-card playoff game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on January 9, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The Colts created a monster.

Now, it's their job to do away with it.

As soon as the Colts laid over for the Jets back in Week 16, every single Colts fan out there knew somewhere in the back of their head that this would not be the last time we saw the Jets.

As fate would have things play out, the Jets now stand between the Colts and the Super Bowl. 

For those who think that this will be a pushover game for the Colts, let me say this: You don't need to put bolts on Rex Ryan's neck to make him the scariest thing Peyton Manning will see this week.


He'll see how the Jets destroyed Philip Rivers and the Chargers offense.  He'll be pressured to score whenever he gets the ball, because he'll see how the Jets can dominate good defenses with the run and a timely play action.  He'll see Darrelle Revis shut down Reggie Wayne.

I don't want to be all doom and gloom.  The Colts will be favored, and I think they will win.  I simply believe that they'll need all four quarters to do it. 

For all the reasons I have to believe in the Jets pulling one off, there is one stat that favors Indy that I just can't ignore. 

In this decade, There have been four powerhouse teams in the AFC: The Colts, the Steelers, the Patriots, and the Chargers.  No team has beaten two of those teams in the same postseason.  Many teams have beaten one of those four, only to wither when they played another. 

There's even an example from this year.  The Ravens destroyed the Patriots, only to come out and lay an egg against the Colts.  Those four teams are simply too good and too draining to prepare for, then manage to defeat, in back to back weeks.

I think the Colts pull away late, 23-13.