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Why Peyton and the Indianapolis Colts Will End New York Jets Dream Run on Sunday

INDIANAPOLIS - JANUARY 16:  Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts thows the ball against the Baltimore Ravens during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Lucas Oli Stadium on January 16, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Peter OrphanidesContributor IJanuary 20, 2010

About four weeks ago, Peyton Manning was a spectator as the Jets ended the Colts' bid for a perfect season.  The Jets finished the season off with a bang and haven't slowed up since.  Mark "Sanchise" Sanchez has led his team to wins over the Bengals and the red hot Chargers in order to advance to the AFC Championship.  At this point, who can't jump on the Jets' bandwagon?

Sure, the Jets did have the No. 1 ranked defense in the NFL during the regular season.  Sure, the Jets do have a high powered running game in Shonne Green and Thomas Jones. 

Do the Jets have a swagger and momentum heading in to Indy? Yes.  Have they proved to be a talented team over the last few weeks? Absolutely.  Is Darelle Revis the best corner in the league right now? No doubt about it. 

But to think that a young and inexperienced team led by a rookie quarterback is going to go into Indianapolis and knock off the Colts is absolutely absurd.

Peyton Manning, just this past weekend, dissected a Ravens' defense that has been feared around the league for the past decade, a defense that embarrassed Tom Brady in Foxboro. Peyton will do the same to the Jets this Sunday. 

Peyton Manning, three-time NFL Most Valuable Player, will pick apart "Revis island" and the rest of the Jets' defense just as he has done for years now. 

Now don't get me wrong, the Jets have been great, but this Cinderella run will come to a close this Sunday in Indy, despite Jets' Coach Rex Ryan's guarantee.

"We're going into the game expecting to win," Ryan told Gary Myers of the New York Daily News .  "I'd be shocked if we don't. Absolutely would be."

Rex Ryan has certainly instilled a sense of confidence into this young, Jet team, but it would have to take more than a guarantee to knock off one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play in the NFL. In fact, it is going to take a miracle.

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