Peyton Manning says there is nothing personal here, the Jets are just tough, but you have to know, deep down, the ultra-competitive Manning is chomping at the bit to get his hands on the ball to start the game as his Indianapolis Colts (10-6) host the brash New York Jets (11-5) in an AFC Wild Card battle on Saturday night. Here’s how Peyton can get things done even as his team is -2 ½ at home:
Run the Ball – A Little
The Colts had one of the NFL’s worst running games this season, forcing Manning into passing situations on virtually every down, but against the Tennessee Titans last week, the Colts gained over 100 yards on the ground. When Manning can feed off the run game, his passing becomes even more deadly. Joseph Addai and Donald Brown need to gain wins on first down against the aggressive “D” of the Jets.
Rattle Sanchez’s Cage
Mark Sanchez, the Jets young, mobile quarterback, can make a big play or a big blunder. The Colts defense feeds off the pass rush of DEs Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis and, if either can run down Sanchez, it could be a long day for the second-year pro. The Dome noise will make it loud and, if Sanchez gets rattled, it is lights out.
Wayne on Their Parade
Reggie Wayne is the Colts most decorated receiver and, though he will draw Darrell Revis, Indy needs their man who had 111 catches to produce big plays in the passing game. If Wayne is held under three catches, the Jets win (write it down).
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