The Colts are in the playoff chase; who could have imagined?
And it's not like Indy is facing an impossible gauntlet down the stretch. The bottom line being, they're going to playing meaningful football in December, and who thought that was possible?
This is bizarre, almost as bizarre as linebacker Zaire Franklin lining up at fullback on a massive fourth-and-one play that would eventually give the Colts a lead they would never relinquish. This is bizarre, the fact the Colts, who don’t have their starting quarterback, who cut their all-time best linebacker this week and didn’t have Jonathan Taylor for a month during his hold-in, are sitting in a playoff spot today.
A playoff spot.
Some of us (blush) thought they would be one of the worst teams in the league. What did I say? Three victories? Do I get a do-over? Can I claim I misquoted myself?
Today after a 27-20 victory over Tampa Bay, the Colts are 6-5, and while that’s not an overwhelming record, it’s good enough in a moribund AFC that’s been diminished by quarterback injuries and characterized by general mediocrity. And it’s not like the Colts have Murderer’s Row on the docket, either, as they navigate these final six games. They’re at Tennessee, a 4-7 team led by rookie Will Levis. They’re at Cincinnati, where Jake Browning (who?) has replaced Joe Burrow. They play Pittsburgh here; Mike Tomlin has the Steelers playing winning football despite the issues at quarterback with Kenny Pickett, who scares nobody (except maybe Tomlin). They’re at Atlanta; $20 if you can name the Falcons’ quarterback, and no, it’s not Steve Bartkowski. Las Vegas at home, where they figure to face off against former Boiler Aidan O’Connell. Then there’s the season finale against star-in-the-making C.J. Stroud, who figures to be far and away the best quarterback they face down the stretch.