If you’re a New York Jets fan, there is one thought that should be going through your head in anticipation of Saturday’s Jets vs. Indianapolis Colts game: How do we stop Peyton Manning?
Colts quarterback Peyton Manning makes a throw during Sunday’s win over Tennessee, which returned Indianapolis to the playoffs as the AFC South champion. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Manning has a career 5-0 record (in 5 1/2 games) against Rex Ryan-coached defenses, including a 30-17 win last year in the AFC Championship Game in which Manning put up 377 yards and 3 TDs. We aren’t counting the loss last season where Manning was replaced by Curtis Painter in the second half and the Jets found a way to win.
In those games, Manning has thrown for 1,513 yards, 12 touchdown passes and only two interceptions.
But this year is a little different for Manning. Plagued by injuries to his receivers and most notably TE Dallas Clark (lost for the season) Manning finishing the regular-season with his lowest passer rating (91.9) since 2002.
As for the Jets, they have spent the past season attempting to revamp their secondary for just this occasion. They added CB Antonio Cromartie, S Brodney Pool and drafted CB Kyle Wilson.
“They’re every bit as good as advertised,” Manning said Tuesday afternoon on a conference call with reporters. “They’re excellent from a scheme standpoint. I think playerwise they’re better than they were last year. They’ve added some really good players. … They’re playing really well on defense [and] statistically they’re ranked high in all the categories, so it’s going to be a tough challenge.”