Can't help it. I have this gnawing feeling that the Jets are headed to the Super Bowl.
No, I haven't been caught up in the hype. I'm caught up in history.
It just seems to me that if the Giants could do what they did in 2007, it could certainly happen again. After all, there's nothing more dangerous than an underdog with a little confidence. The Giants were that underdog back then, faced with the impossible task of winning three playoff games on the road, including the No. 1-seeded Dallas and No. 2-seeded Packers, the last in minus-23 degree weather. And then they got to face the undefeated Patriots, and we all know what happened there.
The Jets? They're reversing the order, beating the No. 2 Chargers and now facing the No. 1-seeded Colts. The head -- the center of all logic and thought -- tells me the Colts should win this by two touchdowns. But the heart -- the thing that gives worth to all those intangibles like momentum and confidence and swagger -- tells me the Jets and their "ground and pound" game are going to find a way to harrass Peyton Manning into ineffectiveness and do just enough offensively to squeak this one out.
We saw it in '07. And though I've gone on record with friends many times that runs like that only come along once a decade, if that, I've got a sneaking suspicion it's going to happen again. Mark Sanchez will hit exactly three key passes, the defense will sack Manning four times, and the coverage will have at least two interceptions.
That's my prediction. Take it for what it's worth. I just think things are going to be very interesting between the hours of 3 and 6:30 p.m. tomorrow. Might be worth tuning in, whether you're a Jets fan or not.
As for the NFC, I'm rooting for the Saints, and not because I have any great love for Jeremy Shockey. It's Sean Payton I want to see in Miami. He went through a lot under Jim Fassel, losing his playcalling responsibilities and eventually moving on. He's a good guy, and he's got a good football mind. He deserves a little success, so he's got my backing.
I've had my say. Now have yours.