I don't know about you, but I feel like I'm defending the same arguments against our team that I have for the past 3 weeks. "We didn't play our starters; that wasn't a real game last time; we have too many weapons; Revis can't cover everybody; our QB will be the difference; you're just like the Ravens and we beat them; your offense can't score; we will murder your blitzes; if you don't count this, that and the other game our run defense is actually much better; we'll stack the box and make Sanchez throw picks..." And on and on it goes. Oh yeah... how can I forget this one: WE LET YOU IN. YOU DON'T DESERVE TO BE HERE!!!
But the Jets will just keep on doing what the Jets do and are perfectly situated to win this game.
The Colts come into this game under enormous pressure. The Week 16 debacle has forced them to put all their eggs into the Superbowl basket. Most teams go into the playoffs hoping to play well, get hot, and get a few bounces (Jets). Most teams do not enter the post-season with expectations of winning it all in order to validate a regular season decision. This has divided the fan-base and has put the players into the position playing not to fail. Make no mistake, the negativity in Indy is abound.
The Jets bruising running game and stifling defense will only add to the already heightened stress. The Colts high-flying offense largely depends on rhythm and timing. The punishing style of Shonn Greene will wear down their small and speedy defense and allow Sanchez to work mostly from 3rd and short, allowing for a high conversion rate, all the while keeping Peyton Manning on the sideline. When Manning finally is able to enter the game, he will be constantly harrassed by Rex's unrelenting blitzes and will be frustrated by exceedingly tight coverage. The frustration will mount, flags will fly, and the crowd will boo. Sound familiar?
Also, don't underestimate the power of Karma. The Colts have spit into the face of history and now must face the team that they "let" into the playoffs. A team who reached this game despite seemingly insurmountable odds. The irony couldn't be scripted better by Hollywood. Don't forget that the Colts played in a ton of close games this season and have always had the ball bounce their way. This is bound to change. The Jets are in line to receive favorable treatment from invisible forces. And don't be surprised if the phantom penalties that Manning usually gets as a benefit of the doubt somehow go uncalled; as I'm sure that Goodell was none too pleased with their Week 16 decision.
All in all Jet fans, we have every reason to feel really good about our chances on Sunday.