Quick Take: Jets-Colts

In Brief

» Last meeting: Three different Colts rushed for touchdowns to lead Indianapolis past New York, 31-28, in Week 4 of the 2006 season.
» Streaks: The teams have split their last six meetings, but the Colts hold a 40-27 all-time advantage, including the playoffs.
» Last week: Indianapolis rallied past Jacksonville for a thrilling 35-31 victory. ... New York collapsed against Atlanta in a less-than-thrilling 10-7 loss.

Keep your eye on ...How long Indy's starters play: The Colts have been known to rest their starters in the past when they had their playoff positioning secured, but rookie coach Jim Caldwell played his big guns last week against the Jaguars. As the team pursues perfection it could become even more difficult to rest key starters in a close game.

Jacob Lacey's emergence: For much of the season, the Colts have been dealing with injuries to their secondary, but the rookie has eased some of those concerns. Lacey has played extremely well in spot duty, starting seven games and intercepting three passes.

Mark Sanchez's ball security: The Jets have the league's top defense and best rushing offense to boot. Normally that would equate to a far better record than 7-7, but Sanchez has struggled at times and hurt the team with some of his decision-making. He will have to take care of the ball if the Jets are to have a chance against the Colts.

Did you know?

Sanchez leads the AFC with 20 interceptions. ... New York has lost four games this season in which it led or was tied with under 2 minutes to play in regulation. ... Indianapolis' Peyton Manning leads the NFL with 4,213 passing yards. ... If the playoffs started today, the Jets would be out (the Colts have clinched the AFC's top seed). Get an updated look at the postseason picture.

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