Know Thy Enemy: Week 6-Jets vs. Colts
By Alan Schechter
Oct 7, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) runs onto the field during player introductions before the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
In this week’s edition of “Know Thy Enemy”, we sit down with JM Nicholas, from Fansided Colts’ site naptownsfinest.com. Here is what he had to say about his team, and about our upcoming battle on Sunday:
THE JET PRESS:Give the Jets fans a scouting report on Andrew Luck. What should we expect to see from this guy?
NAPTOWN’S FINEST:Even after only four regular season games, it’s hard to ignore that Andrew Luck looks like the real deal. He’s had his fair share of rookie-type mistakes, and he’s not as flashy as a Robert Griffin III, but he’s stable. Luck will make a mistake, and not seem fazed. He will take a mean hit, and get up with a smile on his face. He’s thrown for over 1,000 yards after his first four games, and is on pace for a rookie record breaking 4,800 yards.
TJP:What has it been like for this team, with the unfortunate situation with Chuck Pagano going on?
NF:The news of Chuck Pagano’s illness was shocking to the city. fans, and the media. Chuck was in the hospital for nearly a week, and almost no one knew it. We broke the news on an early Monday morning after week four, and it’s been the major story ever since. The swell of support from fans, players, and almost everyone around the NFL has been a respectful sign that Chuck Pagano means a lot to a lot of people in the NFL.
TJP:What are you expecting to see out of the Wildcat from the Jets on Sunday?
NF:The Wildcat offense is deadly when used properly. It seems as though the Jets haven’t really used it properly so far this season. If Tim Tebow’s production is increased, then it could surely prove to be more positive. The Colts will have to try and compensate for what the Wildcat might bring, but it hasn’t brought much so far.
TJP:What matchups do you see and advantage in, and what matchups do you see giving the Colts trouble, on either side of the ball?
NF:The Colts offensive line has been a chop-shop all year. Andrew Luck has been on the run often, and has taken his fair share of shots. I think Rex Ryan is going to bring the heat, to keep Luck and Reggie Wayne from lighting up the scoreboard. The Indianapolis secondy is suspect and injured, as well. But, I don’t really see any wide receivers from the Jets that are worth worrying about. Antonio Cromartie may very well be the best receiver on the Jets roster right now.
TJP:How about a prediction?
NF:After watching the Jets last Monday night, I got the feeling that the home crowd is waiting for a reason to blow up on this team. I personally think that Tebow should start the game. Win or lose, that would calm the fans down for at least a few weeks. The Colts haven’t had a road game since they lost in Soldier Field against the Chicago Bears in week one, so Andrew Luck and company will be traveling into unfamiliar territory. I just think if the Jets don’t step up early, that they might get stepped on. I would not be surprised to see Tebow take over as quarterback before the game is over. If he does, he might pull out a wild win. If not, I see the Colts winning a tight 19-13 game. If Tebow takes over, I could see the Jets winning 20-19.