The AFC South is hotting up and the Indianapolis Colts have managed to get right back into contention for not only a playoff berth but also the division title. Tennessee ran out to an early lead that had them sitting at 8-2 after Week 10. That run to start the season included two wins over the Colts and a commanding division lead. At the same stage of the season, the Colts were 5-5. Not exactly in the hunt.
Since Week 10 however, the Colts have improved their record to 7-6 and the Titans haven’t won and have slipped to 8-4. Most importantly, the Titans are without star running back Derrick Henry for the crunch time of the season. On the other hand, the Colts have star running back and MVP candidate Jonathan Taylor for the crucial part of the season.
As the Colts look to finish strong and with a winning record, bookies have them all but eliminated from postseason contention, such as at https://www.indiana-bet.com/sportsbooks/unibet-promo-code-in/.
When the NFL schedule comes out one of the first things a team looks for is when their bye week is. You don’t want it too early as it makes the season extremely long at the back end, but ideally, you don’t want it too late as injuries start to mount up. Indianapolis has survived, for the most part, and finally, get their bye week in Week 14. Just in time to mount a real challenge for the AFC South title.
Once the bye is over the Colts have to be rested and ready as the New England Patriots are coming to town. New England, also on a bye in Week 14, has won seven straight and is top of the AFC. Bill Belichick has dominated the Colts in recent years with his Patriots not losing to the Colts since the 2009 season.
The week after that they face off against the team that is top of the NFC. Arizona is the first team to get to ten wins in the 2021 season and have a dominant offense that is filled with weapons.
If Indianapolis wants to make it to the playoffs these are two must-win games. After playing the teams that currently lead each conference, the Colts finish with winnable games against the Raiders and the Jaguars in Weeks 16 and 17. If Indianapolis has any chance of ousting the Titans and winning the division then they will more than likely need to go 4-0 to finish the season.
Indianapolis is on form as they are coming off their first shutout win since 2018 and their first one on the road since 1992. Form that simply has to continue. Unfortunately for them, their 7-6 record might be slightly false. Indianapolis Colts are a dominant 6-1 against teams with a sub .500 record. When it comes to teams with a record of .500 or better, like the Patriots, Cardinals, and Raiders, the Colts are 1-5. For the Indianapolis Colts, this is not only worrying for the playoff push but also the playoffs if they make it.
Indianapolis has at least been competitive in the games they have lost. Four of the games were decided by one score and the other two ended in losses in overtime. For the Colts to be successful they need to buck that trend and win the close ones against good teams.
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