AFC Championship: Jets-Colts
Revis' assignment on Sunday could be his toughest. He gets Pro Bowl wideout
Wayne had three catches for 33 yards before being pulled in the Week 16 meeting between the Jets and Colts. Most corners would gladly accept limiting Wayne to those numbers. Revis is not most corners. He said this week he was upset with his performance in that game because, "I didn't want him to catch any balls. Plain and simple."
The Jets have been equally one-dimensional on offense, although it has been with their run game. They've leaned heavily on backs
With the AFC's top seed and home-field advantage already locked up, Indy coach
If the Colts had kept their starters on the field, they probably would have won -- and eliminated the Jets from playoff contention. Now they have to hope New York doesn't prematurely end their season.
"You have to make him uncomfortable in the pocket. It's not just about sacks; it's about pressure -- or making him feel pressured even when the rush isn't there. People focus on the edge rushers, but the key with him is getting pressure up the middle. You have to take away his ability to step up in the pocket. You have to get him off his spot.
"On the back end, you have to mix your coverages and pressure packages. If you show him the same thing repeatedly, he's too smart and will kill you. You have to make him think. It's a chess game. Before the snap he's going to give you all those hand gestures and stuff, but you can't get caught up in that. A lot of it is dummy calls. You simply have to play your game and disguise your coverages. Wait until the last moment before shifting, because if he gets a line on what you're doing, he'll dice you up."
The Jets are playing with house money. They weren't supposed to be here -- and probably wouldn't have been here if the Colts hadn't pulled their starters. But they are here, and Manning and the Colts will have a difficult time with them. Still, two things point me toward the Colts:
1) Manning got a good look at what the Jets like to do when the teams meet in December (New York was playing for its postseason life, so it wasn't like the Jets were holding anything back);
2) Sanchez is going to have to make plays in the passing game, and in the postseason he hasn't faced the type of pressure Indy can bring with ends
When I add it all up, it comes out ...