I like the Colts, but your team has a fair chance of beating the Colts even if Manning and all the starters play the entire game. Your D is very good and the Colts running game is 32nd in the league. Peyton is great, but sooner or later the Colts lack of a running game is gonna catch up to them.
I'm picking the Jets over the Colts this weekend. In fact I don't even consider that to be my upset pick of the week. The Bears over the Vikings is my upset pick of the week.
I still like the Colts to do well in the playoffs and make it to the Super Bowl. But, they don't need this game. So can your D keep Manning from running the score up early? That's the only question. Because if they can and your pass rushers can start getting after Peyton, I could see the Colts forgetting about going 16-0 and worrying about losing Peyton for the playoffs.
Any coach whose team has already won the #1 seed in their conference would be a fool to let his QB get beat up just so that they could say they went undefeated. Especially in the case of the Colts. Because without Peyton Manning, the Colts don't have an offense. This game is a playoff game for the Jets. So, they're gonna be knocking the snot out of people. Colts fans would never forgive Jim Caldwell if something would happen to Peyton Manning in this game. And don't for a minute think Caldwell hasn't thought of that.
· 10 years ago