After Sunday’s thrilling overtime victory against the Titans, the Colts accomplished more than just defeating an AFC South division rival on the road. The Colts officially earned themselves a winning record for the first time since you-know-who was quarterback. With seven teams in the AFC locked at 4-3 and 3-4, the Colts are among the wild card contenders in Week 8. Crazy, right? AFC Division leaders are Houston (6-1), New England (5-3), Baltimore (5-2), and Denver (4-3). Is it too early to talk playoffs? Absolutely not! Here’s why:
1. The Colts have a rookie quarterback that is making sports analysts swoon all over the country.
2. Do not forget about Reggie Wayne either who manages to find himself wide open (how DOES that happen?) at crucial moments in the game.
3. Timing is everything and as the season progresses, the Colts will find themselves more in sync as far as receivers running routes, play-calling, etc.
The Colts have plenty to work on so a playoff appearance is certainly not expected this year. For instance, corner Jerraud Powers was burned too many times to count against Titan receivers yesterday. However, if in Week 17 the Colts find themselves still in the hunt, it will be due to a number of factors. There will be need to be a combination of players performing to their full potential, no more key injuries, good luck (no pun intended) and many other AFC teams underachieving. See Jets, Bills, Bengals, and Chargers for that last one. For now, let’s enjoy the fact that the Colts broke their ten-game road losing streak, won their first divisional game, and can march down the field for a game-winning drive (in overtime, no less) with a bunch of newbies and a rookie quarterback. This season is definitely shaping up to be more fun than anyone could have expected.