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Fans Travel Well for Jets-Colts WC Game

Posted by Randy Lange on January 8, 2011 – 7:08 pm

Jets fans are much in evidence in the Circle City these days. They dominated a restaurant or two in downtown Indianapolis and belted out more than a few “J-E-T-S” chants, much to the consternation of the locals.

And they’re expected to be in evidence in the just now filling up Lucas Oil Stadium, along with more than a few Jets and Jets-related celebrities. Expected in the stadium: ex-Jets QB Boomer Esiason, working the game for Westwood One Radio;  former Jets Jason Fabini, a Hoosier himself, and Marvin Jones; Marty Schottenheimer, father of the Jets offensive coordinator; Jets fans and funny men Ray Romano and Kevin James, and Fireman Ed Anzalone, who should be visible about six rows up behind the Jets bench during the game.

Will the Jets be treating all their followers to a Saturday night delight in Indianapolis? That’s the idea.

But of course, the Colts stand in the way. And they stood tall in this venue a little less than a year ago when Peyton Manning and the Indy offense roared from 17-6 down to 30-17 ahead and on to the Colts’ Super Bowl date with the Saints.

And Lucas Oil can be a deafening place to play, even with Jets fans scattered throughout the building. But the Jets have shown their mettle on the road in their two seasons under head coach Rex Ryan. They have gone 6-2 away from New Meadowlands Stadium this season and 13-5 in 2009-10, including last season’s playoff run.

And while it’s not necessarily a green badge of courage, the Jets have become familiar with the trappings of being a road playoff team. Tonight is their eighth consecutive postseason match on the road, or ever since they defeated the Colts, 41-0, at home in the 2002 playoffs. In the previous seven games, their record is 3-4, with the wins coming after the 2004 regular season at San Diego and last season at Cincinnati and San Diego.

Also worth considering is that while the Jets appear to be in better health than in recent weeks, the Colts are suffering. They have put 17 players on IR this season, and of the 11 players listed on this week’s injury reports, reports are that RT Ryan Diem, LB Clint Session and DB Kelvin Hayden will not be available.

Still, the ‘Shoes have Manning and the Jets have Mark Sanchez, sore-shouldered but ready to reprise his role as a young NFL QB rising to the challenge on the NFL’s second-season stage. It should be an exciting evening for Jets fans.

Inactives

The Jets’ inactive list for tonight’s game has a few surprises. DE Vernon Gholston has been deactivated, a CD (coach’s decision). RB Joe McKnight, who starred in the backfield last week vs. Buffalo, is also IA. So are CB Isaiah Trufant, OL Vlad Ducasse, DTs Jarron Gilbert and Marcus Dixon, and TE Jeff Cumberland. (Kellen Clemens is the third QB.)

With the two D-linemen down, the Jets have four DL activate for this game — starters Shaun Ellis, Sione Pouha and Mike DeVito, and DT Trevor Pryce, back and available. Ryan and DC Mike Pettine have gone heavy on the back end as they anticipate defensing Manning passes to his receivers.

Also for the Jets, Dwight Lowery will stay at safety in the starting lineup, although Eric Smith is back from his concussion and available for the first time in four games. And Damien Woody is back in the OL starting lineup at RT, after also sitting out three games following his knee scope, with Wayne Hunter returning to his role as the backup at both tackle spots.

Update, 7:47 p.m.: The Colts’ inactive list contains several more starters, further depleting their ninth consecutive playoff effort. DT Antonio Johnson is inactive, as are Session, Hayden and Diem, as mentioned above, plus S Al Afalava, Gs Jamey Richard and Jaimie Thomas, and T Joe Reitz. Indy does not designate a third QB.

Uniforms

The Jets are wearing their white jerseys and white pants for this game. As you know if you’ve followed the numbers in these pregame blogs, the Green & White fare very well in white & white. They’re 7-3 in that combo this season (although 1-2 in their last three) and 13-5 in all white in the Ryan regime. The Jets wore their road whites in both games at Lucas Oil Stadium last season, the 29-15 Week 16 triumph and the AFC Championship Game loss.

Game Captains

Ryan tabbed six players as his gameday captains: DE Shaun Ellis, CB Darrelle Revis, G Brandon Moore, TE Ben Hartsock, P Steve Weatherford, TE Dustin Keller.

Referee

Gene Steratore is this wild-card games referee. This is Steratore’s sixth Jets game as the man in the white hat. His first was the 2006 season opener at Tennessee, Eric Mangini’s first game as Jets head coach. His last two were the 2008 primetime triumph at New England and last season’s 38-0 rout at Oakland.

Network

The Jets-Colts game has drawn NBC’s A-team, Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth, in the booth. This is only the fourth Jets game on the network since it passed the AFC franchise on to CBS. They are 3-0 in those most recent NBC games, last year’s regular-season finale and then AFC Wild Card win, both against Cincinnati and this year’s Game 3 at Miami.


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27 Responses to “Fans Travel Well for Jets-Colts WC Game”

  1. By Justin on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply

    Lets go baby!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! punch them in the mouth and pound the ball!!!!!

  2. By Ray on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply

    Well it is halftime and we are only down 7-0 and two things are crystal clear. 1. Sanchez is HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE HORRIBLE!!! 2. Schottenheimer, THAT’S RIGHT SCHOTTY, has ZERO ability to adjust his gameplan. I am convinced that he makes a gameplan and no matter what happens in the game he sticks to it come hell or high water. Sanchez is CLEARLY not comfortable in the pocket and way off. So what are we doing throwing the ball all over the field???? NINETEEN passes in the first half? Yes the receiver was there, but Sanchez couldn’t hit water if he fell out of a boat right now. RUN THE BALL, RUN THE BALL, RUN THE BALL, RUN THE BALL…

  3. By sal on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply

    Don’t care about this either Randy. I have been waiting for a drive like the start of the 2nd half all year Run run run.Then run shotnhemer out of town!

  4. By sal on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply

    Sdanchez has that lost look about him when he scratches his forehead he is lost

  5. By Ray on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply

    What do you know? We come out in the third run the ball and we are tied 7-7, hmmm. Imagine if we had tried that in the 1st half…

  6. By rlou24 on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply

    Wow what a game!!! GAME BALL goes to BE what a beast!!!! If the jets don’t sign this guy they are crazy. The blocking BE did was awesome and the catches unreal. BS what are u thinking running the wildcat twice when trying to run out the clock? I was so happy when Indy called there last timeout didn’t want them to ice Folk… Now please do your homework this week guys and have a good gameplan ready for the pats..

  7. By Ray on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply

    We live another day!! I will say I was wrong, Schotty made a nice adjustment at half time and limited Sanchez to short passes for the most part. And we let the running game control the second half. And Sanchez… rough outing but he was at least sharp on the short passes in the second half. Cro, great KO returns. I was afraid of Eric Smith, but he was very solid in this game. Lets see if we can continue the payback tour next week!!

  8. By Mike Jet Vet on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply

    Like I said fans Rex Road warriors any one doesn’t regonize Rex has built this team in his image even with Sanchez playing horrible at times but he did stay cool calm and collected and made plays this team still beat Payton manning at home in the playoffs.i can’t remember a Jet team with as much intestinal fortitude and a will to win Rex keep talking.. Rex is here 2 seasons and he’s 3-1 in playoffs he deserves the credit Schotty called a good game great win GO JETS

  9. By Jets1/12/1969 on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply

    I’m sure there will be alot of people on hear complaining about this/that, but I just want to say Cromarti by far made up for the TD given up, with that huge KO return to set up the winning drive. THANK YOU JETS!!!!!!!!!

  10. By Christopher on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply

    YESSSSSSSS!!!!! J-E-T-S Jets, Jets, Jets!!!!!

    I just wish Sanchez wouldn’t wait until the last minute to throw completions, and finally, they ran the ball….late in the first half we gave up on the run and Sanchez winds up throwing 3 horrible passes, including a pick. Need to get that fixed.Otherwise, great effort, couldn’t be prouder.

  11. By GaryC on Jan 8, 2011 | Reply

    earlier in week when people said lowery should be covering tamme, I said eric smith and he proved me right today. he was physical the whole game and his coverage was as good as I seen all year. to jet fan tom your boy holmes almost gave me heart failure with that first punt return then the drop in the last period.He should send that guy Taj Smith a nice birthday present for that running into kicker.rex got wise and said I better put cotchery back there for stability.too much wildcat when it is not necessary especially when Smith has a groin pull .

  12. By scjoe on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    Huge win in spite of the QB play. It will be difficult even for the most die hard Sanchez fan to deny that! I will say something that I know will be shared by many all during this next week, if Sanchez has another game like he had tonight they will have another long day in NE. His inaccuracy seems to be getting worse and worse. I got so sick and tired of Collinsworth telling us how inaccurate this guy is through out the telecast, if you are a Jet fan, you already know that. How many passes can a pro QB possibly overthrow? Otherwise, great performance by LT, Green, Pool, Revis, and BE. I for one, was glad to see that FG attempt from inside 40yds.

  13. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    Pardon me if I need a few days to process that NICK FOLK SAVED THE SEASON! So many things to feel great about: The D playing beyond even its potential, given the injuries. Cromartie keeping his head after the TD to make those two key KRs. Holmes and Edwards keeping their heads after the drop and the fumble to catch crucial passes on the winning drive. Smith fighting his way through an injury. Most of all, Schotty or Rex or God Himself finally declaring that when what’s supposed to be a good running team gets the ball on 1st and goal inside the 5, it should just RUN THE BALL 4 TIMES AND GET THE TD! I’ve been saying it since at least the second MIA game of ’09 but I was starting to think I’d never actually see us do it within this lifetime.

  14. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    And one thing to be concerned about: Gotta wonder if Sanchez’s arm is hurt worse than they’re letting on. He’s been inaccurate before, of course, but tonight was ridiculous at times. And just for you, MJV, that was a bad drop by Holmes but only for Holmes, like most of MS’s passes the ball wasn’t really where it should’ve been. It was only catchable for a WR as great as him, which is why Collingsworth said, “That looked like the Super Bowl play.” Yeah, when SH doesn’t make a great catch, it’s called a drop. For most anyone else, it would be the best catch of his career. From where I sat, it looked like the DBs all played pretty well, even with the weak play on the TD. How many times does any team hold Manning to 16 points? And at home!

  15. By tommyohio on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    all jets fans go to chucrh or your place of worship our prays were answered !Now its time to embarace Justin Beibers little Brother tommy brady!GO JETS!!

  16. By Jets Fan Since '64 Tom on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    GaryC, looked to me like Holmes was thinking of picking up that punt and I can’t believe a guy as experienced as him would even dream of making a mental error like that. But if Sanchez could throw more accurately, especially over 20 yds — I don’t know if he’s hurt or if he’s still just the inconsistent guy I didn’t like on USC — SH and BE would more often look like they did on the winning drive. I’ll give MS next yr to learn how to get SH and BE 60+ catches and 1000+ yds each but right now he’s gotta throw better than this or we’re better off with Brunell OR KC. rlou24, I actually liked the clock-kill Wildcat, those plays often take a long time to set up and play out. Hey, Wilson returned a kick in a big game and the world didn’t end!

  17. By fred from fresno ca on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    jets will beat the pats

  18. By Mike Jet Vet on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    GaryC thanks honesty is always the best policy giving E-Smith credit because none of the usual suspects will .. I’ve been saying about our unsung heroes on this team all year Eric Smith is one he gets my game ball.. Tired of Cro this Holmes that Revis did a good job he gets his due from me tonight but if Smith doesn’t make 2 big stops on 3th and 1 twice plus many other big tackles Pool came up big also Manning grains momentum and we lose that game ..Tom64 not for me its for everyone S-Holmes needs to thank that running into the kicker and E-Smith or you boy becomes the goat ..Ray went off again on the coaches at half time then eats his words at games end

  19. By Mike Jet Vet on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    Cont.I’ve had Rex and Scotty’s back all season I banged heads with many here on the subject.. I hope you all agree even with the ups and downs we’re going back to NE don’t know about the rest of you guys but that was my goal ..now to my point How about we all get on the same page forgive and forget get behind Rex Schotty Sanchez Cro S-Holmes E-B Smith whole team go into NE with ALL JETNATION UNITED and will them to win lets do this GO JETS JETS JETS

  20. By Kevin S on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    Great article thanks for posting it. I really enjoy reading your blog

  21. By Westcoast GangGreen on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    JET NATION great win for the team… scjoe im a big Sanchez fan, but, yesterday passes was a little frustrating. Until i saw Trent Dillfer on espn break it down as to why his passes are sailing on him..it explains alot, and why can’t QB coach Matt. C see this. Dillfer stated its very fixable since its been happening all season. But, i love the way Sanchez forgets the earlier mistakes and plays better when they matter most..!! ’64 Tom good point , on how they might be misleading us to serverity of his injury if he’s injured at all… Anyway great win Jets..” ONE GAME AT A TIME’ lets make it 5 & 4 on road playoffs game in the last 9… J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS

  22. By BRUCE on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    wow .folk wins game. i cant believe it .thank you. . i have been a J E T fan since the 82 season .i have lived in cleveland my whole life of 40 years and was in the 12 row at the 49 yard line to watch nick miss 2 if not 3 kicks against the browns.thank god SANCHEZ AND HOLMES finished the job that day. great job to rex and boys. ITS TIME TO TAKE DOWN TOM AND THE PATS

  23. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    I’m with you, MJV, there’s no point splitting hairs about players, coaches, or anything else in the post-season. The guys we got are the guys we’re gonna have for the rest of this yr and they gotta play whether they’re hurt or not, unless they’re really hurt bad. There’ll be plenty of time in the off-season to figure out what to do next, though I admit I’m excited that Asomugha’s available. Right now the job is to just tough it out and while I know about all the dangers and pitfalls, I think if we play more physically against the Pats and figure out how to get points on the board in the 1st half we have as good a shot as any team in the league of beating them. Still don’t think their D is all that if you get up on them early…

  24. By john l on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    should be about same gamrplan as second half. run run run, with short pases, and occasionlly with long one, to keep them honest.

  25. By Jet Fan Since '64 Tom on Jan 9, 2011 | Reply

    MJV, you know better than to harp on one late-in-the-game play and call that guy the goat. If there was a goat in this game even in a WIN, it’s Sanchez, who missed two TDs to DK and then threw an awful INT — and that’s just in ONE series — EARLY in the game. And I wish we lived closer than 3,000 miles apart because I’d be happy to sit you down and show you on tape what an average “drop” looks like compared to SH’s “drop.” The ball was thrown high and off and he was basically lucky to get his hands on it. When a WR routinely makes catches like SH’s TD vs. Buffalo, people expect him to catch everything. We’ve had some bad drops this yr but the big story is the way MS throws, or rather the way he usually DOESN’T throw — accurately, that is.

  26. By tommy / J.CO on Jan 10, 2011 | Reply

    unbelieveable win!!! but just thinking out loud if we see that m/s is having an OFF day why cant we throw a change up with lefty brunnell!!! i doubt other teams have game planned for that. what da ya think?

  27. By Michael Cavanagh on Jan 10, 2011 | Reply

    Went JETS game in Indy with my son had a blast. Just win baby I do not care how just win. Met fireman ED he’s a cool cat.Met Marty Lyons as always hes just my favorite Jet of alltime.
    Mark Sanchez just needs to not get to hyped up and get these throws lower and crush the PATS its PAYBACK TIME (BELECHECK,BRADY)and REX and the boys are coming into Foxboro to take you down this weekend and everyone in INDY (whose fans are great by the way)want us to CRUSH the PATS so bring it home boys another JET VICTORY J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS!!!!!!

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