Trent Dilfer thinks the Jets have the balance on offense to dictate terms in Saturday night’s AFC wild-card round of the playoffs.
It’s a bold stance, obviously, that runs counter to the prevalent thinking heading into the game that the Colts are an offensive team and the Jets are a defensive one.
He may be underestimating what the Colts have been doing on defense. In the last four games, they’ve limited Chris Johnson, Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden. Jacksonville and Oakland had rushing attacks that were more effective than New York’s this season.
I don’t know how it unfolds. But I think a run defense with defensive tackle Antonio Johnson more involved (as he’s been while Dan Muir has been hurt) and with Kavell Conner or a healthy Clint Session playing with Gary Brackett and dynamite rookie Pat Angerer could limit the Jets on the ground.
If the Jets can’t carry the balance Dilfer foresees, Indianapolis has a couple of pass-rushers who are made for the setting.