Colts are still team that can make some noise in postseason
Heading into the final week of the regular season, the Colts are suddenly a team that should be taken seriously come January.
Coming off three wins in their last four games, the Colts had yet to beat a truly quality team since Peyton’s homecoming on October 20th.
And then last Sunday happened.
Out of nowhere, the Colts reeled off 23 straight points to embarrass one of the league’s most balanced teams, the Kansas City Chiefs.
Unsurprisingly, the Colts have become a team that finds a way to shine in big games and the win on Sunday in Kansas City is incredible considering the team’s recent slide to mediocrity. In the playoffs, teams won’t survive if they can’t take control of a game on the road.
The Saints, Seahawks and Bengals, two of whom have already clinched a playoff berth, have all struggled mightily on the road. The Saints haven’t won a road playoff game ever and they’re 3-5 this season in battles away from the comfort of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
The Colts, however, are 5-3 on the year when playing away from home, beating two of the top teams from both conferences—Niners and Chiefs—at their own place.
But even with these convincing, dominant wins over powerhouse football teams, their three losses on the road have come in the form of crushing blowouts to the inconsistent Rams, surprisingly consistent Cardinals, and the always unpredictable Bengals.
Yes, it’s fair to say the Colts aren’t sure what kind of team they want to be.
One week they can play with the league’s best and walk away with an easy win, while other weeks they’ll get laughed out of the stadium by teams that will be sitting on their couch come January.
As we’ve seen all year long, the very young Colts franchise is still finding its footing, whether it be on the sidelines with offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton, or on the field with an offensive line and receiving corps that has been patched together week after week.
For the Colts to be successful, they’ve had to look away from their stars and into the bottom of their depth chart. Donald Brown, who fans couldn’t wait to get out of town just three months ago, has become one of the best stories of the season.
In 2013, Brown has finally become a truly confident back that, dare I say it, has played his way into a new contract with the Colts.
That in itself is remarkable, considering the Colts great backfield depth after the Trent Richardson trade.
Da’Rick Rogers, an undrafted rookie that had discipline problems in college, has become the Colts second-best receiver in just a matter of weeks and is signed at a bargain over the next two years.
With injury after injury, the Colts have somehow found a way to remain competitive and after their season finale against the Jaguars, they could potentially see themselves heading into the playoffs with a first-round bye, and at least a home playoff game.
Not too bad for an injury-plagued team that many counted out after the loss of Reggie Wayne, huh?
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