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Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Dilfer thinks Jets' offense can dictate

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

Trent Dilfer thinks the Jets have the balance on offense to dictate terms in Saturday night’s AFC wild-card round of the playoffs.

It’s a bold stance, obviously, that runs counter to the prevalent thinking heading into the game that the Colts are an offensive team and the Jets are a defensive one.

He may be underestimating what the Colts have been doing on defense. In the last four games, they’ve limited Chris Johnson, Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden. Jacksonville and Oakland had rushing attacks that were more effective than New York’s this season.

I don’t know how it unfolds. But I think a run defense with defensive tackle Antonio Johnson more involved (as he’s been while Dan Muir has been hurt) and with Kavell Conner or a healthy Clint Session playing with Gary Brackett and dynamite rookie Pat Angerer could limit the Jets on the ground.

If the Jets can’t carry the balance Dilfer foresees, Indianapolis has a couple of pass-rushers who are made for the setting.