At 6-3, the Colts aren't as bad as we expected. Still, Nate Dunlevy writes, whether they're a good team or not doesn't matter: they'll be making the playoffs this year. For further proof, ask the rest of the AFC. Remember Miami, a wildcard team two weeks ago? With losses to the Colts and Titans, they're now 4-5, and almost guaranteed an extended off-season.
They play in a conference devoid of quality football teams. Losses by the Dolphins and Chargers over the weekend only further the case that Indianapolis is playoff-bound almost by default. At this rate, the Colts likely only need nine wins, and possibly as few as eight, to earn a postseason berth.
Still, do they have a shot? We'll probably see next week, when they play New England in Foxborough, one of the trickiest venues in the league. Granted, they're still banged up (Powers out for the year, along with Nevis) … but their offense is getting better, their defense is tightening up. If they're able to make a game of it on Sunday, it'll prove that they're 'for real' this year; if not, perhaps their critics are right.
Anyway, I'm finding 6-3 hard to complain about.