Indianapolis Colts-New York Jets: Who do Patriots Fans Root For?

Patrick HanlonContributor IJanuary 19, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 27: Shonn Greene #23 of the New York Jets runs with the football against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 27, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Jets handed the Colts their first loss of the season, 29-15. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Life is full of questions.

Paper or plastic? Credit or Debit? Coakley or Brown?

And now, we are faced with another question this Sunday: Colts or Jets? For Patriots fans, maybe the better way to phrase this question is, "Which of these teams do I hate less?"

On one side, you have the Patriots' natural division rival. We see gang green at least two times every year. They also have a loud mouth coach, who many characterize as the anti-Belichick. Not to mention they are a New York team, and most New Englanders hate everything New York anyways.

On the other side, you have the Patriots' rival of the decade. The Pats have played the Colts 10 times since 2003, including three playoff matchups. As of late, the Colts have dominated New England, winning five of their last six meetings. Not to mention a Super Bowl win this year could cement Peyton Manning as the greatest quarterback of all time, ahead of our golden boy Tom Brady.

Having to chose a team to root for in this matchup is like asking me whether I'd like to get stabbed in my eye or my throat. But in the end, it pains me to say that I will be be pulling for the Jets come Sunday.

First off, we all love the underdog. If I'm watching a game with two teams I'm indifferent towards, I'll always root for the underdog. I guess in this case, the same will go for the two teams I hate. About a month ago, the Jets lost to the Falcons at home, and coach Rex Ryan proclaimed they were out of the playoff hunt. Now, after winning their last two regular season games and winning two playoff road games, the upstart Jets are 60 minutes away from playing for the Lombardi Trophy.

The other reason you have to like the Jets in this matchup is their style of play. Most teams depend on the quarterback and the passing game to win week in and week out. But the Jets' style consists of two ingredients that many teams fail to emphasize anymore: Playing defense and running the football. The Jets led the league in both categories this season, and they are proving once again that these two elements equal success in the playoffs.

But perhaps the biggest reason I'm partial to the Jets this weekend is because of the way the Colts handled their last meeting in week 16. By benching most of their starters in the third quarter, the Colts let down their fans, all NFL fans, AFC teams still in the playoff hunt, and most importantly, Peyton Manning fantasy owners in their league championships.

It's a played out phrase, but you play to win the game . When the Colts sat all their starters in the second half of that game, they practically handed the Jets a playoff spot. The ultimate karma would be if the Colts would lose to that team weeks later.

So yes, I'll break the 10 Commandments of Boston Sports this weekend by rooting for a New York team. But know this Jets fans: I'm only on your bandwagon for the trip down to Miami. I'm getting on the Saints' bandwagon back to New Orleans.

After all, Mardi Gras is only a month away.