Posted on: January 19, 2010 9:06 am

Colts - Jets Analysis

The Colts - Jets matchup isn't one that many expected.  I'm sure most were hoping for a Charger - Colts matchup. That doesn't mean it's a matchup that many won't like. It's hard to get a better one if you like the unstoppable force versus the immovable object.  The Jets bring the top-rated pass defense into Indianapolis while the Colts have the second rated passing offense.  The Colts also have the league MVP in Peyton Manning while the Jets bring the runner-up in the Defensive Player of the Year Darrelle Revis (many think he should have won it).

Player to watch - Darrelle Revis.  Revis qualifies as a shutdown conerback.  He was rarely test against San Diego and that shows a great deal of respect from a team that can pass the ball effectively.  When he was tested in that game he came away with an interception. Revis has shutdown practically every wide receiver he has faced.  It may be a long day for Reggie Wayne.

A pair to watchout for - Collie and Clark.  The CC's will give the Jets trouble.  Collie regularly beat Lito Sheppard in the last matchup and that was only for a portion of a game.  Clark had 57 yards with still a quarter and a half remaining before he was pulled. 

Verdict - I give the slight edge to the Colts in this one.  The offensive line will give Manning the time to be patient in the pocket and find his receivers.  He is so adept at picking up blitzes that they should not be an issue for him.  He reads defenses better than most and will find the open receiver during a blitz.

My pick - Colts 27 Jets 16
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