Will Colts’ Receivers Get Trapped on Revis Island?

In the divisional round of the playoffs, Darrelle Revis showed everybody why he is considered to be the number one cornerback in all of football. Against the Chargers, Revis forced Philip Rivers to throw away from him, and the few times that Rivers did throw Revis’ way, he paid for it. One time resulted in a 4-yard loss on a pass to LaDanian Tomlinson, and another resulted in an incredible interception that reminded me a lot of the Antonio Freeman TD catch against the Vikings on Monday Night Football several years ago.

Although passing for 287 yards seems like a good day for Philip Rivers, there is no doubt that he was held in check by Revis’ lock-down coverage skills. Had Revis not played, it is possible that Rivers could have thrown for over 350 yards in the game. The Chargers have a bunch of height between their receivers and tight ends, and they did cause matchup problems for the Jets secondary. However, it was limited.

Holding Rivers to only one touchdown pass in the game speaks volumes of how hard the Jets fought, and why having a guy like Revis in the defensive backfield is such a luxury.

With Rivers considered to be one of the top quarterbacks in the league, one has to wonder what Revis will be able to do to slow down Peyton Manning and the Colts’ offense. Will the Colts’ receivers get trapped on Revis Island, or will Peyton Manning pick him apart and make him look silly? Either way, it’s going to be a great battle between the top players at their respective positions, and the player that wins that battle will probably lead his team to victory and to the Super Bowl.

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