Despite the offensive struggles, the Jets come into week 6 with a 2-3 record, one game out of first place in the division. Tomorrow is the final game in a three game homestand as Andrew Luck, Reggie Wayne and the rest of the Indianapolis Colts come into MetLife to facde our New York Jets. The Colts are coming off an emotional win over the Green Bay Packers, in wake of head coach Chuck Pagano’s diagnosis. Let’s take a look at the history between these two teams:
The Colts lead the overall series between these two teams, 40-26, and have won seven out of the last 10 meetings. The last regular season meeting was in December of 2009, when the Jets won 29-15, on the back of a 105 yard rushing performance of Thomas Johes. Don’t forget the last time they met in the playoffs in 2010, when Nick Folk beat Peyton Manning and company with a last second field goal. The last time they met in New Jersey was in October of 2006, when Manning let the Colts on a comeback drive to win a late 31-28 victory.
Here are some keys to victory:
GET IN ANDREW LUCK’S FACE
Quarterbacks do not like to have a pass rush in their face, and young quarterbacks have a rougher time with it. The speed of the action in the NFL is the biggest change for a young quarterback, and a good rush is what brings that out the most. The Jets are going to have to do something on Sunday that they have not been good at in 2012, getting to the quarterback. They are not getting their with the front four, despite their claims that they have gotten younger and faster.
Rex Ryan and Mike Pettine are going to have to create a creative gameplan, that opens up the bag of tricks in the blitz department. They need to get into Andrew Luck’s face early and often, not giving him time to work with his main squeeze, Reggie Wayne, or anybody else.
And that brings us to a major matchup in the football game:
REGGIE WAYNE VS ANTONIO CROMARTIE
During the offseason, all of the experts were waiting for Reggie Wayne to follow Peyton Manning anywhere he went, which turned out to be Denver as we all know. Everyone was surprised when Reggie signed a new deal with the Colts, but it has paid big dividends for the young Andrew Luck. He leads the team with 36 receptions for 506 yards and 2 TDs.
The spotlight once again falls on Antonio Cromartie. He did a wonderful job taking Andre Johnson out of the football game. Wayne will be moved around, so Cromartie may not be on him EVERY play, but he will be with him a majority of the game. Antonio has to take out Luck’s best weapon.