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Colts back into the AFC South title

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No division leader is playing any worse right now than the Indianapolis Colts. But no team in the NFL has clinched its division, except the Colts.

With the Titans’ loss to the Broncos today, the Colts clinched the AFC South, becoming the first team in the NFL to clinch a division title. (The Seahawks and Broncos have also clinched playoff berths, though not division titles.)

But in the process of clinching the division, the Colts aren’t looking good. Today they got whipped by the Bengals, 42-28, and they’ve lost three of their last five.

Although the Colts were playing excellent football early this season, with wins over the 49ers, Seahawks and Broncos, they’ve been plagued by injuries and have declined significantly. Still, they’re assured of playing at least one home playoff game. No other team in the NFL can say that.

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  1. strokinmyego says: Dec 8, 2013 9:34 PM

    Not a Colts fan but even with them looking as bad as they have you can’t count them out. They’re in the dance and as the Giants (twice), Packers, and Ravens have proven as long as you’re in you have chance to win the Super Bowl.

  2. thestrategyexpert says: Dec 8, 2013 9:36 PM

    I really dislike the playoff selection process. Just something else that one day will change and be better when they finally come around to doing it differently.

  3. bennyb82 says: Dec 8, 2013 9:37 PM

    Kansas City could be on the road and Indy could be at home for the first week of the playoffs?

  4. jhorton83 says: Dec 8, 2013 9:39 PM

    And people were making jokes about the NFC East being bad.

  5. thepftpoet says: Dec 8, 2013 9:39 PM

    AFC north is the worst division in football..

    If it wasn’t for the Vikings, the NFC north would be the worst.

  6. mianfr says: Dec 8, 2013 9:40 PM

    Eh, they look terrible now, but they’ve still beat the Broncos and Seahawks. Injuries don’t make the following a perfect comparison, but if they had just clinched a division on the heels of those two wins instead of getting them out of the way early, it would be a different story. They’re not in great shape but they’re still one of the better teams in a weak AFC.

  7. theptfpoet says: Dec 8, 2013 9:40 PM

    The vikings should just save face and back out of the league completely.

  8. robgilman says: Dec 8, 2013 9:41 PM

    luck will win his first championship this season. they will get healthy soon

  9. alloutblitz644 says: Dec 8, 2013 9:43 PM

    They just seem to be a completely different team since Reggie Wayne went down. Right now it looks like one and done for the colts.

  10. ravenswhat says: Dec 8, 2013 9:43 PM

    strokinmyego says:
    Dec 8, 2013 9:34 PM
    Not a Colts fan but even with them looking as bad as they have you can’t count them out. They’re in the dance and as the Giants (twice), Packers, and Ravens have proven as long as you’re in you have chance to win the Super Bowl.

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    Those teams you mentioned actually got hot at the right time down the stretch. The colts are in fact imploding down the stretch. Truly awful division.

  11. hometownhero44 says: Dec 8, 2013 9:44 PM

    “No Division Leader is playing worse right now”?

    I know some folks in Detroit who would disagree with this statement… Absolute joke that the Leos can’t run away from the rest of the injury riddled north! #FireSchwartz

  12. udogg says: Dec 8, 2013 9:47 PM

    “I really dislike the playoff selection process. Just something else that one day will change and be better when they finally come around to doing it differently.”

    I am not sure what this means, but given the tone, I assume that this poster thinks that someone selected the Colts to beat the Seahawks, 49ers, and Broncos. And the cow jumped over the moon.

  13. thestrategyexpert says: Dec 8, 2013 9:53 PM

    udogg:

    Nope, I don’t like the system that allows for chances that a team could win the division with a losing record and I don’t care for the divisional structure as is. I didn’t go into the reason because I have suggested changing the divisional format structure before and nearly 100% of the people didn’t like that notion.

  14. coltsreign says: Dec 8, 2013 9:56 PM

    Thank you Peyton.
    Luck did throw for 300+ Yards and 4 TDS without wayne. I think andrew is now learning to better himslef without wayne. I think this is a blessing disguise since he could work with any receiver interchangeably and better his passing.

  15. seatownballers says: Dec 8, 2013 9:56 PM

    Colts > vikings
    Vikes = irrelevant
    Poet, your only 3-9-1
    Please don’t jump

  16. phillysports1 says: Dec 8, 2013 10:00 PM

    @hometownhero44

    I was thinking the same thing !!!

  17. mrwalterisgod says: Dec 8, 2013 10:04 PM

    The Colts are your typical media darling team that’s really not that good. Ron Winters and a couple of flukey plays won them the game against Seattle, and they held the holy living you know what out of Denver to beat them. The Andrew Luck hype machine continues….

  18. gochargersgo says: Dec 8, 2013 10:05 PM

    “No division leader is playing any worse right now than the Indianapolis Colts.”

    Detroit might have something to say about that.

  19. jmblosser82 says: Dec 8, 2013 10:05 PM

    Ravenswhat, yea the ravens went 1-4 to finish the season last year?

  20. bobman2 says: Dec 8, 2013 10:06 PM

    Well, if Jeff Triplette shows up to referee the Colts’ home playoff game, they might as well walk out of the stadium in protest. But somehow, I cannot imagine the NFL rewarding that clown for colossally screwing up two consecutive weeks. Of course I couldn’t imagine them overturning that down by contact call either. For once I agree with Phil Simms: Fire Jeff Triplette.

  21. strokinmyego says: Dec 8, 2013 10:09 PM

    “Those teams you mentioned actually got hot at the right time down the stretch. The colts are in fact imploding down the stretch. Truly awful division.”

    Well two of those teams got hot down the stretch. The 2007 Giants and the 2010 Packers. But the 2011 Giants lost at home to Rex Grossman and the Redskins in December and last year’s Ravens lost four of their last five games.

    The media will talk up Denver and Seattle but when was the last time a the media favorites actually won the Super Bowl?

    As hard as it is to see now teams like the Colts, Lions, Panthers, or Chiefs could start playing better in January and make a run.

  22. mrwalterisgod says: Dec 8, 2013 10:16 PM

    Nope, I don’t like the system that allows for chances that a team could win the division with a losing record
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    It’s happened ONCE in the history of the league. Knee jerk reaction much?

  23. bengalskuta82 says: Dec 8, 2013 10:17 PM

    @Thepftpoet

    Hmmm, not sure if you and I are watching the same sport.

  24. thefiesty1 says: Dec 8, 2013 10:18 PM

    Kind of hard NOT to win the AFC South with the Jaguars, Texans and Titans for competition. That’s easily 6 wins in your own division.

  25. thestrategyexpert says: Dec 8, 2013 10:25 PM

    mrwalterisgod:

    But it could happen again, and once was too much, plus I have many other reasons for why I don’t like the playoff system and the division format as is besides that one major issue. Just my personal preference that they completely change it, but they won’t ever do anything radical like that or what I would like to see, so it’s fairly irrelevant.

    I’m just here to state my objection to the system and the format for the record.

  26. jenkins2547 says: Dec 8, 2013 10:26 PM

    Colts will be scary next year when everyone is healthy.

  27. winstonjed44 says: Dec 8, 2013 10:31 PM

    They have as many quality wins as any team out there, but all came with Reggie Wayne, who they clearly miss, in the lineup. However, that doesn’t explain defense has been bad lately as well. Their run and pass defense is in the bottom third of the league, plus they don’t get much production outside of Robert Mathis, he has over half their sacks. Offensive line is bad, can’t protect and can’t run block very well. Can’t count them out, Luck is a gamer and they have impact players on both sides, just don’t see it this year though.

  28. jpalughi823 says: Dec 8, 2013 10:36 PM

    well hopefully they come through & go on a run. not like i put money on them @ 30-1 before the season started…..

  29. t8ertot says: Dec 8, 2013 10:43 PM

    And PFT has yet to write an article acknowledging the bengals victory today. They claim the 3rd seed and have a chance for the second. Certainly news worthy

  30. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 8, 2013 11:17 PM

    One and done in the playoffs…. write that down.

  31. sidepull says: Dec 8, 2013 11:36 PM

    No Reggie Wayne and you get to see who the leader of that team is and its not Luck. He dont know what to do without Wayne.

  32. watermelon1 says: Dec 8, 2013 11:37 PM

    Hey… The most recent Super Bowl champion backed their way into a division title and look how it worked out for them!

  33. eepobee says: Dec 9, 2013 12:43 AM

    people keep bashing RG3, but andrew luck is having an equally awful season. he got almost all of his yardage and scores when the colts were already out of it in the second half today, he’s completes less than 60% of his passes, and is terrible on third down.

    with all the hype, i just think the “experts” are just reluctant to admit they might be wrong about this guy.

  34. bobman2 says: Dec 9, 2013 3:00 AM

    @Strokeinmyego In 2009 the Colts and Saints, both #1 Seeds, advanced to the Super Bowl. Don’t think it has happened since, and IIRC it hadn’t happened for about 15 seasons before that one. I think they were both the last teams to lose their first game that season, too, if that means anything.

  35. boomgrounder says: Dec 9, 2013 4:41 AM

    In the NFL all teams deal with injuries. In the NFL during the course of a season a team either improves or it get worse. The Colts have obviously gotten worse so far!

  36. thesmartest1 says: Dec 9, 2013 6:28 AM

    Nobody has mentioned the Josh Gordon looking find in DaRick Rogers? Could have found their #1 wr off the trash pile.

  37. bornaraider60 says: Dec 9, 2013 8:31 AM

    Don’t count the AZ Cards out!!!!

  38. taintedlombardis says: Dec 9, 2013 9:20 AM

    Luck is terrible. He padded his stats in garbage time. Pagano was even calling timeouts so he could pad his stats. The first three quarters he was garbage. His first two touchdowns were all YAC, his receivers broke tackles and took it to the house.

  39. taintedlombardis says: Dec 9, 2013 9:21 AM

    Worst division in football. Always has been. Always will be.

  40. wsnfamily says: Dec 9, 2013 9:59 AM

    Triplette should stick his whistle in a different orifice!

  41. htown1035 says: Dec 9, 2013 10:55 AM

    Texans did it last year, Colts doing it this year. They’ll be one and done.

  42. footballchic777 says: Dec 9, 2013 12:47 PM

    pftpoet

    AFC NORTH is the worst division in football? But for …….the VIKINGS????….the NFC NORTH would take that title? Well, I see we will answer that question week 16 when the AFC division leading Bengals, who have many big wins under their belts this year, take on the Vikes! And didn’t you just lose to the Ravens…..YESTERDAY? COME ON MAN!

  43. junglerat524 says: Dec 9, 2013 12:58 PM

    I’d enjoy playing the Colts again in the playoffs. 51-14 maybe? The Bengals totally dominated that game.

  44. coachbeck says: Dec 9, 2013 1:11 PM

    We could only be so lucky to play the colts again lol.

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