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Rex Ryan admits it's "a stretch" to hold the Colts to 14 points

New York Jets coach Rex Ryan has rapidly developed a reputation as one of the brashest coaches in the NFL, bolstered by his declaration at the start of the playoffs that his team is the favorite to win the Super Bowl.

But Ryan didn’t sound quite so brash in talking about the AFC Championship Game today, saying that he thinks his defense will have a hard time holding Peyton Manning and the Colts to two touchdowns on Sunday.

“We understand how to keep people out of the end zone for the most part,” Ryan said. “Now Peyton does a better job — they score about as well as anybody. So it’s a huge challenge. If we’re going to keep Indianapolis from scoring 14 points, that’s even a stretch for me to say. But I know one thing: We’re darn sure going to try.”

In two playoff games so far, the Jets have held both the Bengals and the Chargers to 14 points. But after beating the Chargers 17-14, Ryan may be sending a message to his offensive players that they can’t count on 17 points being good enough against the Colts.

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26 Responses to “Rex Ryan admits it's "a stretch" to hold the Colts to 14 points”
  1. ☻☼CBS, FOX, ESPN, NFLN nbc says: Jan 21, 2010 2:46 PM

    The Jets will sustain a moral victory by not allowing the Colts 41 points.

  2. mixman34 says: Jan 21, 2010 2:51 PM

    I’d take this coach any day of the week. Talk about firing your squad up, gotta love his approach.

  3. RIP__21 says: Jan 21, 2010 2:52 PM

    ” Ryan may be sending a message to his offensive players that they can’t count on 17 points being good enough against the Colts.”
    That would be the correct message. Not that it matters.
    Colts 34
    Jets 9

  4. DeBoe says: Jan 21, 2010 2:54 PM

    Holding Indy to 14? Rex is setting the bar too high. Why not go for a shutout against the Colts. In 2001 I watched the New York Giants pitch a 41-0 shutout over a high powered Minnesota Vikings offence.
    Then again, we all know that the Giants stole the Vikings signals during that game. And we all thought the Patriots were cheaters.

  5. Bob S. says: Jan 21, 2010 2:57 PM

    yes, 5 field goals worth 15 points were missed out of 5 by 2 of the most accurate kickers this year against the jets in those 2 games. 4 of those 5 field goals were gimmes. and kaeding had kicked a 57 yarder before. this one wasnt even close.
    #1- carson palmer performs excellent jamarcus russel accuracy impersonation to wide open receivers all game long
    #2- the seldom penalized during 2009 chargers party two nights before, probably the night before too, star receiver arrested on road before the game, the chargers show up out of sync, jumping offside 4 times on offense ruining one drive after another, sure handed receivers keep dropping the ball all game, headbutt, block in back 30 yards from play, kick challenge flags, rivers screaming at ref then throws interception to his own 15 yard line with no charger in sight, kaeding as mentioned in1st paragraph AND turner who gets rewarded for bringing a team into the game in such a state uses washed up tomlinson 15 times for a total of 24 yards destroying all offensive momentum.

  6. vinceV says: Jan 21, 2010 3:12 PM

    I’ve always been thinking that this would come down to how the Jets’ offense performs against an under-rated Colts defense.

  7. simeon_97 says: Jan 21, 2010 3:18 PM

    Another ny team managed to hold down the best offense ever a few years back, nobody ever fathomed that. Given how good the jets D is, and the colts, who perennially sht the bed in the playoffs, I wouldn’t be shocked if the colts were held to 14.

  8. KnuckleBucket says: Jan 21, 2010 3:25 PM

    If the Colts D can stop the Jets running game, then we’ll see what Sanchez is made of and if he can deliver then they’ll have a chance.

  9. Bob S. says: Jan 21, 2010 3:41 PM

    DeBoe says:
    Why not go for a shutout against the Colts. In 2001 I watched the New York Giants pitch a 41-0 shutout over a high powered Minnesota Vikings offence.

    Everyone knows Jets upset Colts in their first ever meeting in Super Bowl 3, but Jets have also beaten the Colts 4 of the last 6 times they met including the tank job. AND one of those wins was over Manning and the Colts 41-0 in the PLAYOFFS.
    12/27/09 NYJ 29 – IND 15
    10/01/06 IND 31 – NYJ 28
    08/21/04 NYJ 31 – IND 7
    11/16/03 NYJ 31 – IND 38
    01/04/03 IND 0 – NYJ 41
    12/23/01 NYJ 29 – IND 28

  10. sdffa11 says: Jan 21, 2010 3:43 PM

    it wouldnt be a surprise considering the giants held the invincable 2007 patriots to 14 points in the super bowl.

  11. NYSports831 says: Jan 21, 2010 3:50 PM

    These predictions are funny….more so because I think these morons are serious.
    41? 34?
    Colts put up 20 against a weaker Ravens DEF and they got just about every bounce a team could get.
    And I’m sick of hearing about the luck crap…kicker missed this, penalty that. The Jets had bad penalties too, against the Bengals Feely had a 40+ and a 52 yarder taken away…
    how about Leonhard’s FF and recovery on Malcolm Floyd that was inexplicably reversed?
    It’s football…sh*t happens, root for your own damn team and quit the bitchin’

  12. bspurloc says: Jan 21, 2010 3:52 PM

    “We’re only going to score 17 points?” Brady said before chuckling about it. “OK. Is Plax playing defense? I wish he had said 45-42 and gave us a little credit for scoring more points.”
    Defense wins Super Bowls time and time again it is proven YET the Alzheimer patients still insist it is all about the offense.

  13. pubobby2004 says: Jan 21, 2010 3:57 PM

    that’s right NYsports. no excuses. please help remind people of that monday morning. no talk of penalties, missed calls, etc.
    colts – 53
    jets – 0

  14. opionatEd says: Jan 21, 2010 4:01 PM

    Guys stop hating on the Jets. Bob get over it the chargers lost…those type of stupid mistakes happen when your not prepared to face a better team.
    The jets not only win but win big I going 10 points or more…Ryan watched the colts approach to the ravens last week and has already played the colts once this year for 2 1/2 quarters…Rex is a great game planner, if you dont believe me ask the chargers and bengals.

  15. Nard100 says: Jan 21, 2010 4:05 PM

    I say get Rex his kleenex now. I’m sorry, but all he’s doing is giving a very talented Colts team more battle fodder.

  16. Nard100 says: Jan 21, 2010 4:05 PM

    I say get Rex his kleenex now. I’m sorry, but all he’s doing is giving a very talented Colts team more battle fodder.

  17. moreflagsmorefun says: Jan 21, 2010 4:17 PM

    Fellas, you have too much time on ya hand’s, I guess that is because your team is on vacation so you have nothing better to do, try pocket pool if you have balls. I like the Jets so I actually have something to do , root my team on for a win, losers.

  18. Green says: Jan 21, 2010 4:23 PM

    I mentioned Super Bowl 3 and Johnny U,…..about 2 days ago…..now, they are going to AIR the game….Rex doesn’t need a kleenex…. I am sure both TEAMS will be out there giving it their best. Me? I like the JETS ! I also like Farve over the Saints. So what ! The TRUE WINNING TEAM is OUR ARMED FORCES. Kudos to them all!

  19. FunkFootball.Blogspot.com says: Jan 21, 2010 4:36 PM

    LOL @ Bob S. including a preseason game. You really know your football Bob.

  20. WashingtonRedOookies says: Jan 21, 2010 4:54 PM

    I really hope that the Jets & the Vikings win this weekend, if only so that they can re-name the Superbowl the Mangini-is-an-idiot bowl.

  21. Adam says: Jan 21, 2010 5:17 PM

    If Colts are held to 14, Jets will win. Rex is just honest.

  22. DocBG says: Jan 21, 2010 5:28 PM

    maybe rattling the cages of the colts is a good thing, no one else has done it before, why not see what happens?
    I’ve got a couple questions for bob s.
    1. when you said the colts have lost to the jets 4 out of 6 times, you included 2 games where the colts likely had starters resting, and a preseason game. I’m not positive what difference this would make on whatever point you are trying to make, just pointing it out.
    2. what exactly are you getting at? Any of the 8 teams in the divisional round would have provided a good draw for the superbowl, and with the scope of the event nowadays, you don’t need a major market team to have good numbers, you need a good game. Cards/pitt drew good because of the game, not because of the market size.
    And if you are thinking that the NFL is setting a game up between Favre and Jets, why would that be a better sell than Favre vs Manning, or Brees vs Manning, or even Brees vs. Sanchez?

  23. Tyler says: Jan 21, 2010 6:58 PM

    No agenda, no allegiance here. Colt win way more handily than most expect. 6 weeks of playoff type pressure and back to back to back travel weeks for Jets insure that this emotional (but entertaining) bubble is about the blow.
    Manning and the Colts calmly dispatch the Jets and everyone that thought otherwise today and up until Sunday will quietly retreat, conveniently without remembering they felt that way. 31-13.

  24. Bob S. says: Jan 21, 2010 8:13 PM

    NYSports831 says:
    I’m sick of hearing about the luck crap…kicker missed this,

    yes missed 5 field goals in those 2 games 4 of them easy. changing course of cinci game completely. and the 2 easy misses in the charger game would have meant chargers won the game. even 1 of the 3 would have meant OT and these 2 kickers were about the 2 most accurate kickers all season long.
    are jets better than atlanta? hell jets lost to them at home too like chargers did to jets and by 3 points! and why? oh, because feely and the jets field goal kicking special team missed 3 easy very easy field goals 10-7.
    but when you throw in all the stupid and bad play by the opposition on their own PLUS 2 tank jobs yes ryan must have a horseshoe stuck up his —.

  25. FumbleNuts says: Jan 21, 2010 9:54 PM

    GO GET EM’ REX!

  26. Bob S. says: Jan 22, 2010 12:10 AM

    FunkFootball.Blogspot.com
    LOL @ Bob S. including a preseason game. You really know your football Bob.

    and painter played that game too?

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