We’ve gotten pretty used to watching the Indianapolis Colts make their way to the NFL playoffs. In fact, we’ve gotten used to the Colts stringing together 10 or 12 or 13 games to begin a season, and losing by design to rest players. That was the path they took to the Super Bowl last year and it’s worked out pretty well for them.
But this season the Indianapolis Colts have run into some unexpected Problems. Right now the Colts are 7-6 after beating the Tennessee Titans and are engaged in what could be a struggle to win the AFC South or maybe even to make the playoffs. In the three game prior to last nights, the Colts Peyton Manning has thrown 11 interceptions, four of which went for seven points on defense. Not what we’re used to seeing.
Next week the Colts and Jacksonville Jaguars will meet head to head, a game that could either reinforce the Colts dominance or herald the beginning of a new era, one in which Peyton Manning no longer provides enough push to make the Colts an upper echelon NFL team. It will be a sad day if that happens, but a day that will eventually come.