INDIANAPOLIS — The fourth time around, Arthur Jones has a handle on hype management.
The Colts defensive tackle has gone through the hoopla of facing his younger brother Chandler — oh, and the New England Patriots — before.
He still remembers all the distractions the first time they played. It was a regular-season game, three weeks into the 2012 season.
Chandler was a rookie but Arthur, with the Baltimore Ravens at the time, had two seasons under his belt and it was still hard to focus.
“I know my first time playing him was a little tough to focus because the focus was concentrated on that and I was so worried about him and how productive he was,” Arthur said.
The Ravens squeezed out a 31-30 win, but Arthur caught himself checking the box score to see the numbers his brother put up.
“Trying to compare stats and trying to be productive,” Arthur said. “It was just really frustrating the first time we played.
“They made a big story about it: The Jones Brothers Bowl. Now, I probably won’t even recognize he’s over there, honestly, until after the game and we’ll see who gets the last laugh.”
Not only does he know what it’s like to face his brother, but he knows what it’s like to face him in an AFC Championship game. The brothers split regular-season matchups in 2012 and 2013, but Arthur has the edge by winning the 2012 AFC Championship game, when the Ravens punched their ticket to the Super Bowl.
So the experience this weekend when the Colts face the Patriots for a trip to the Super Bowl will be nothing new.
“Now, being a veteran in the game and playing him three times, it’s not about either one of us,” Arthur joked. “It’s about the Colts and the Patriots.”
He’s expecting all the family to fly into New England this weekend but, since Chandler’s hosting, handling the logistics won’t be his burden.
“Should be a lot,” Arthur said. “I”m happy it’s in New England, so he has to buy all the tickets.”