With Week 11 in the books, let's take a look at the AFC playoff picture:
|3rd||New England Patriots||7-3|
|8th||San Diego Chargers||4-6|
|10th||New York Jets||4-6|
After the jump we'll look at this week's key match-ups and who Colts fans should be rooting for!
Key Games for Week 12 (Teams to root for in BOLD):
Colts vs. Bills (duh)
Patriots at Jets – If you hate rooting for the Patriots, I understand, but the Jets are only 2 games back AND they have the head-to-head tie breaker over the Colts. A Patriots win would give the Colts some room to breathe.
Raiders at Bengals – The Bengals are the scariest of the chase teams in my mind, they are getting better, their schedule isn't that hard, and they're only a game back.
Browns vs Steelers – The Steelers will be without both Byron Leftwich and Ben Roethlisberger, a win by the Browns would be huge for the Colts playoff chances.
Seahawks at Dolphins – Miami is fading fast and the Colts hold the Head-to-Head tie breaker against them, but still, you'd like to start thinning out the field as quickly as possible.
Jaguars vs Titans – I know, it stinks to root for teams you hate, but if the Titans were to lose to the Jaguars and fall to 4-7, it would all but eliminate them from post-season contention.
Ravens at Chargers – Same premise as SEA/MIA. Also, at this point you want to start seeing BALT, DEN, and NE widen their leads, beat their divisional opponents, and reduce the chances for a 2nd team (or 3rd) playoff team from their division.