This game had all the makings of a playoff classic. The number one New York Jets defense against the great Peyton Manning and the high flying, high scoring Indianapolis Colts. Rex Ryan’s Jet team was going to be ready for whatever the Colts brought in the game. All week I have been listening to sports casters, coaches and players talk about how great Darrelle Revis was and how he should have been the Defensive Player of The Year instead of Charles Woodson of the Green Bay Packers. After watching the 2010 AFC Championship Game, all I have to say is WOW!
I do believe it is an instant classic however. It is a classic example of the “New York media” overhyping one of their teams yet again. This “sexy Rex” pick as a lot of so called experts called it, was a huge disappointment. I don’t know which is worse, the Dallas media overhyping the Cowboys every year or the New York media always hyping up the Jets and Giants. For the first quarter of the game it was going perfect for the Jets 0-0. However, did the Jets and Rex Ryan expect the Colts with the field general Peyton Manning to just keep playing into their hands. Obviously the Jets did because from the last minutes of the second quarter on through the rest of the game Manning had the “great defense” of the Jets figured out. Not just figured out, but dismantled them systematically and made the Jets do things that they have not done all year. Dropping 7 or 8 defenders back into coverage and playing “a sloppy” zone coverage was a despicable performance and a weak attempt to adjust to the Colts offensive explosion.
The game was over a soon as Manning connected with Austin Collie for a 16 yard touchdown pass with 1:13 left in the second half. The great ground game of the Jets gained a grand total of 86 yards in the game averaging an amazing 3.0 yards per carry. That’s right ( almost forgot), the # 1 defense in the league shut down the Colts and Peyton Manning to just 461 yards. Overall the game was great for the Colts and really bad for the Jets. The only bright spot that Jets fans out there can take away from this game is the performance of Mark Sanchez. Surprisingly he was very sharp and put up good numbers considering the year he had and the fact that he is still a rookie. Sanchez completed 17-30 for 256 yards 2 touchdowns and 1 interception.