FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - With all the Jets have to worry about against the Broncos Sunday, coach Rex Ryan didn't need to be reminded that Peyton Manning is closing in on Brett Favre's all-time record of 508 touchdown passes.
"Oh, God," he said Friday. "Let's hope he doesn't do it this week. He beat me enough through the years. He doesn't need to break the record against me."
Manning, who has thrown 503 touchdown passes, is the irresistible force facing a very movable object -- the Jets' defense. At least they were last week when the Chargers gained 439 yards in a 31-0 win.
Manning had a pretty good Sunday against the Cardinals last week, throwing for a career-best 479 yards. He was 31-for-47 with four touchdown passes and two interceptions in Denver's 41-20 win.
Now Manning returns to MetLife Stadium, where he had one of his worst games in February's Super Bowl against the Seahawks. Unless the Jets suddenly acquire Richard Sherman, it's hard to imagine their 15th-ranked pass defense giving Manning those kinds of fits. But a coach can dream.
"You can't give him as clear a picture as he wants it to be," Ryan said. "I think if he has a clear picture, he's just going to carve you up. I think you've got to change some things on him. That seems to be the best way to play against him. I'm certainly no expert on how to stop him."
Ryan said Manning gets rid of the ball in an average of 2.04 seconds. That's fast. And that makes it difficult for pass rushers to get to the quarterback.
"I think you've got to get him to hold it a little longer," he said, "or create some kind of doubt in his head, to where that number maybe is a little higher than that."
Linebacker David Harris, who has started 89 straight games but is questionable with a sprained shoulder, called Manning "the best quarterback of all time."
That's debatable. But if Manning throws six TD passes Sunday, he'll be the most prolific touchdown-thrower in history. Impossible? He threw seven in the season opener against Baltimore last year.
Notes & quotes: Receivers Eric Decker (hamstring) and David Nelson (ankle) were limited in practice and are questionable. "I was hoping we'd get a little more out of Decker especially," Ryan said. Does Decker want to push harder to play against his former team? "I don't sense that from Eric," he said . . . If Harris can't play or is limited, Nick Bellore will replace him.