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LT: Colts will beat Jets

Chargers running back LaDaianian Tomlinson during his team's

Chargers running back LaDaianian Tomlinson during his team's loss to the Jets in the AFC Divisional Round. (January 17, 2010) Photo Credit: AP

If you polled the San Diego Chargers, at least a few would give the fifth-seeded Jets a shot to upset top-seeded Indianapolis in the AFC championship game Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium. But running back LaDainian Tomlinson, who was held to 24 yards rushing on 12 carries in the Jets' 17-14 divisional playoff upset, wouldn't be one of them.
Tomlinson favors New Orleans over Minnesota in a tough NFC championship game because he's rooting for former Chargers quarterback Drew Brees. As for the AFC game, Tomlinson said, "I think the Colts will pull it out. They're going to force [Jets rookie quarterback Mark] Sanchez to throw the ball a little bit more and force him to beat them.
"I don't think the Jets will be able to run the ball as successfully as they have. I think [the Colts] will be able to move through the air. Philip [Chargers QB Rivers] had almost 300 yards passing, so, we moved the ball through the air on them."
San Diego coach Norv Turner offered no predictions on the outcome of the AFC title match, but when he was asked if Sunday's loss to the Jets was the most disappointing of his career because of the expectations for a 13-3 Chargers team on an 11-game winning streak, he made it clear the Jets are no fluke.
"I'm not a guy that bases things on expectations because I know what the New York Jets are," Turner said. "I know what they're capable of doing. I know what their defense is like. I know what their running game is, but I expected us to win the game and that makes it obviously disappointing."

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