One more victory (or Tennessee Titans’ loss), until the Indianapolis Colts clinch their division and a spot in the AFC playoffs.
With their upcoming matchups against the Cincinnati Bengals, Houston Texans, Kansas City Chiefs and Jacksonville Jaguars it is almost a shoe-in that they achieve this goal. Not to mention the fact that the Titans have to face the Peyton Manning-led Denver Broncos today.
There has been a lot of chatter about how ugly the win was last week over the Titans and that the Colts aren’t ready for the big leap to the playoffs.
Now, I won’t deny that it was, indeed, an ugly win, but that’s not to say it wasn’t a pleasant sight to see. To be cliché, it was beautiful on the inside.
The beauty of the win can be summed up in one simple word; progress. Improvement in all three phases of the game in fact, which was, in part, due to the changes made by Coach Pagano and his staff. And the most noteworthy progression came on the offensive side of the ball.
The Colts were moving the ball up and down the field against a solid Titans defense while dealing with an abysmal offensive line. Granted, five drives concluded with a field goal, but a flowing offense hasn’t exactly been a common sight with the horseshoe.
It shows that there is a ray of hope going into the homestretch of the season. And if past seasons have taught us anything, it’s that how a team finishes is more important than how consistent they have been throughout the season.
Now, it may only take one more game to propel the Colts into the post-season, but it’ll take more than one to give the Colts the confidence to be a threat, come January.
And if the Titans game is any indication, they are on a path to becoming a much improved team in the coming weeks and a possible Super Bowl contender. Hey, anything is possible. Go Colts!