A week from Saturday, the Colts will host the Ravens, Jets or Bengals in an AFC divisional round playoff game. (They get the lowest remaining seed, so the Patriots are not a possibility.)
Indy will be a heavy favorite against any of those potential opponents.
But while we await the outcomes of the wild-card games, I thought we’d look at how those three matchups would look.
You can vote on which matchup you think is best in a poll we will track here.
I spoke with an AFC personnel man who shared his thoughts in exchange for remaining anonymous, and e-mailed with Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc.
We looked at the Bengals earlier this week.
Now on to the Jets.
Williamson ranked the Bengals as the least favorable matchup and put the Jets second.
“The Jets are second and similar to Cincinnati, in that I like Darrelle Revis to eliminate Reggie Wayne and their running game is at least as strong as the Bengals',” he said. “They should control the ball well. But the difference to me for Cincy against the Jets is at quarterback -- which isn't even close. Both teams will struggle to throw though.”
My personnel guy said the Bengals were the most favorable matchup, but also ranked the Jets second.
“I think the Colts would like to play the Jets again and to say, ‘Hey listen, this is what we could have done if we had played like we’re supposed to’ in the first game,” he said. “The Ravens and the Jets are kind of mirror images at times on defense with Rex Ryan coming from the Ravens with that 3-4 -- typical, tough scheme defensively.
“With the blitzes and guys coming from a whole bunch of different directions and all that kind of stuff, I think that could give Peyton Manning some trouble. But between the Ravens and Jets, I think they’d take the Jets.”
Here are the key numbers for the Jets this season in the categories we watch weekly for the AFC South:
Total offense: 20th
Rushing offense: first
Passing offense: 31st
Third-down offense: 20th
Points per game: 17th
Total defense: first
Rush defense: eighth
Pass defense: first
Third down: first
Points per game: first