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Don't tell Ryan that Jets got a gift

Peyton Manning stands on the sidelines next to

Peyton Manning stands on the sidelines next to Colts coach Jim Caldwell. Rex Ryan isn't happy with comments that the Jets were handed a win when Caldwell pulled Manning and other starters in Sunday's game. Credit: AP

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Rex Ryan isn't too keen on the talk about the previously unbeaten Colts having gift-wrapped the Jets' 29-15 win Sunday.

The prevailing thought among many is that by pulling most of his starters (including Peyton Manning) with 5:36 left in the third quarter and the Colts holding a 15-10 lead, coach Jim Caldwell basically handed the Jets a win that kept their playoff hopes alive. But Ryan doesn't want to hear it.

"It bothers me a little," he said. "You want to earn everything you get in this league, whether you're playing against a starter or backup, whatever. For half the year, people played against our backup nose tackle. I don't think anybody's made note of that. I know this is Peyton Manning, but he did play 21/2 quarters.

"Again, that's fine. People can make their own conclusions and draw their own conclusions. But I look at it as we won by 14 points in that game."

Closing in

Thomas Jones is quietly on pace for the best season of his 10-year career. After racking up 105 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries Sunday, he needs only 12 yards to pass his single-season high of 1,335 in 2005, his second season in Chicago.

"It would mean a lot," said Jones, who needs one touchdown to tie last year's career-high 13. "Obviously, being 31 and a lot of people say, 'Hey, he's on the decline.' You know the older you get, to me, I feel like I get better and better each week, I get better and better each year. I think my first couple of years in Arizona, not getting that many carries is paying off now on the back end for me physically."

Extra points

Ryan said there weren't any lingering injuries other than CB Donald Strickland possibly bruising a quadriceps while recording a sack with 39 seconds left. He could be limited in practice this week.

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