I can’t even begin to explain how excited I am about this Saturday’s AFC Wild Card game. Mainly because I have 12th row seats behind the Colt’s bench and I have never been that close before, but I also feel really good about Saturday’s match up. Here are 10 reasons why The Colts will beat the Jets.
10. THE O LINE
2010 was the 2nd consecutive year in which we allowed the fewest sacks in the league. That is ridiculous when you consider that Peyton threw the ball more times than any other QB in the NFL. Mad props to Jeff Saturday, Ryan Diem, Kyle DeVan, Charlie Johnson, and Mike Pollak.
9. JACOB “SLOTH” TAMME
Before this season, Tamme was just a tackling dummy. But when Dallas got blasted in Week 6, The Colts found a star. He caught 67 balls for 631 yards with 4 touchdowns in 10 games. Oh and he is from Kentucky. The Jets won’t be able to contain SLOTH over the middle.
8. DONT BE A PLAYA HAITI
It was Pierre Garcon, not Reggie Wayne, Austin Collie or Dallas Clark who pee’d on the Jets’ secondary in last year’s AFC Championship game. That Haitian had 11 catches, 151 yards and a touchdown. With Reggie Wayne stuck on Revis Island, Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie will have to deal with Pierre.
7. CHEESEBURGER REX CAN’T BEAT THEM
Not counting last year’s late-season matchup in which Peyton Manning took his pads off at halftime to rest before the playoffs, Jets head coach Rex Ryan is 0-7 in his career against the Colts. That includes the 2006 AFC title game, when Ryan was the defensive coordinator in Baltimore, and last January’s AFC title game, when Manning threw for a bazillion yards and three touchdowns.
Ryan himself has acknowledged that his inability to beat Manning is a thorn in his side. “I don’t know when I’m going to beat him, but I want it to be Saturday,” Ryan said. “Is it personal? Yes.”
6. THE COLTS CAN RUN IT? YES!
Don’t believe me? Check the numbers from their last three games: 155 rushing yards in Week 15; 143 in Week 16; and 92 yards in Week 17. Donald Brown and Dominic Rhodes are running angry and that is a good thing.
5. THE COLTS ARE HOTTER THAN A $2 PISTOL
No, these aren’t the same Colts who whooped everyone’s ass last season. In fact, after that terrible choke against the Cowboys in Week 13, the Horses were 6-6 and on the outside of the playoff picture. They had to win their last four in a row to make the post season, which they did. Now they enter the postseason riding high and pissed off.
4. THE FROZEN TUNDRA OF LUCAS OIL STADIUM
By winning the AFC South, the 10-6 Colts are at home against the 11-5 Jets. If that doesn’t seem fair, talk to Giants fans, who have to watch the 7-9 Seahawks host a playoff game while their team (10-6) sits at home. Don’t get me started on that bullshit.
Back to the Colts. They’re 6-2 at Lucas Oil Stadium this year. It has a roof people, which means there are no weather concerns, but Dirty Mark Sanchez will have to cope with huge amounts of noise every time the Jets have the ball, while Peyton’s offense will enjoy SILENCE.
3. #93 & #98
21 combined sacks and a WWE Tag Team Title in 2010. Jets left tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson and right tackle Wayne Hunter will not be able to keep Mark Sanchez off his ass. Best believe Sanchez is already having nightmares.
2. CASH MONEY VINATIERI
Don’t think he’s the greatest clutch kicker in postseason history? Name another guy who’s made two Super Bowl-winning field goals and we can talk. Vinnie is 27-for-28 on field goals this season and he booted the game-winning field goal last week against Tennessee that clinched the Colts’ ninth 10-win season in a row. If the game is on the line, Vinatieri’s as close as it gets to a sure thing. The Jets hope it doesn’t come to that.
1. PEYTON MANNING
Greatest quarterback of ALL TIME. No explanation needed.