We know the story, the Jets are a run-heavy team that plays great defense in order to protect rookie QB Mark Sanchez. So far in the playoffs, it’s worked. The Jets defense was able to contain the high-powered Chargers offense and score just enough to win. Now, they face the most prolific QB of the past decade, Peyton Manning. It’s likely the Colts will score at home, so the Jets offense will need to keep pace. How do you do that? Run the ball to set up the pass.
The Jets do not want Mark Sanchez to have to carry the load. He’s going to have to make plays. The run game can make life easier on him. If Gang Green can pound it on Indianapolis’ small front, we could see situations like in the Wild Card round where receivers ran wide open on play action because the Bengals had to sell out on the run. That would make life easy on Sanchez. He’ll have to make plays one way or another. The Jets may have a great defense, but it’s next to impossible to beat the Colts in Indianapolis without the offense putting up points or making any big plays in the passing game.