4 weeks ago, the NY Jets were down in the 3rd quarter against Indianapolis in Indianapolis. The Jets' playoff hopes ended with a loss. Things were looking pretty bleak, they are now making a return trip to Indianapolis to play the Colts in the AFC Championship. Now some writers are talking about the grit, determination, and perseverance of the Jets. They are talking about the great NY defense and the resurgence of the NY running game. As true as the things those writers are talking about MAY be. I really want to talk about one thing in particular: The Thank You letter that the Jets need to write to Colts President Jim Irsay and Coach Jim Caldwell.
The Jets season should have ended week 16 in Indianapolis at the hands of the Colts. So it seems almost fitting that they would meet again in the playoffs. After 2.5 quarters of crisp play, Peyton Manning and company all came out of the game to be replaced by Curtis Painter and the back-ups. Now I hear the line coming from Caldwell about how they have faith in all their players and feel like they have a very deep bench and all that jazz. I struggle to believe that after watchingCurtis Painter get ripped apart for 1.5 quarters in which he amassed a whopping 44 yards, 1 Interception, 1 Fumble lost, and 2 sacks. These stats gave him a very impressive 11.2 (out of a possible 158.33) QB rating. On the way to a 29-15 loss by the Colts (which was their first loss of a perfect season).
Now the purpose of this article is not to talk about Painter and the difficulties he had. He went into a game against the highest rated defense in the NFL, and he did have a whole lot of help playing with mostly second stringers as well. The point of this article is by no means to point out the fact that the Colts aren't playing the Jets so much as they are playing against Karma and the Football gods (after spitting in the face of history) in the week to come.
Since their 'victory' against the Colts, the Jets have blown by the Bengals twice, and beat the unbeatable Chargers. The Jets have momentum by the boat load. The Colts played well versus the Ravens on Saturday, but it was the first real game for the regulars since the Jets game (including a bye week). This should be a fun game to watch.
I am a Colts fan and I desperately want the Colts to win and make a return trip to Miami for another Super Bowl game, but the Colts have an uphill battle to face, not only the Jets, but also the combined forces of the Football gods and Karma.