The Jets beat the undefeated Colts. Can you believe it? While the victory keeps the Jets in the playoff hunt, it was not an impressive win – certainly nothing at all like their 1969 Superbowl III thrashing of the Colts. In my view, it was an embarrassing win. True, the Jets had a lot on the line and played with a purpose. However, the Colts had very little to lose, except Peyton Manning. Yes, the players wanted to stay undefeated and accomplish what few teams have ever done before, but the coaching staff apparently did not share the same goal. Did you see Peyton Manning’s face? He looked incredulous at being pulled out of the game and looked on in utter disgust as his offense sputtered without him. In fact, I will go on record, for whatever it is worth, and I suspect not much, that the coaching staff wanted the Colts to lose the game. I think they feared that the team would become overconfident and lose in the playoffs or as happened with the Patriots, lose in the Superbowl. They wanted to humble the players. And I guess they worried that Peyton might get hurt. And watching the backup quarterback play, I can understand their concerns.
If the Jets beat the Bengals next week, they’ll make the playoffs, but it must come as a big disappointment to them to know that Indianapolis surrendered the game in the third quarter by pulling some of their starters including one of the best quarterbacks in the history of the game. The NFL ought to fine the Colts and give a refund to all the fans who attended the game.