The Indianapolis Colts (8-4) make the short 110-mile trip to Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday afternoon to face a formidable Cincinnati Bengals team (8-4) with playoff spots yet to be finalised. The Colts currently occupy the number 3 seed in the AFC playoff picture and all but secured the AFC South crown with last week’s 22-14 victory over the Tennessee Titans. The Cincinnati Bengals are in 4th spot with a two-game lead over the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC North, and with only four games left in the regular season, Sunday’s showdown will go a long way in deciding each team’s final position in the AFC playoff standings.
The Indianapolis Colts improved to 8-4 on Sunday afternoon with an unconvincing 22-14 win over the Tennessee Titans at Lucas Oil Stadium. The victory puts Indy into a commanding three-game lead in the division and provides the much-needed tiebreaker over their AFC South rivals. The Colts need just one more win from their remaining four games to seal top spot, while the fight for AFC playoff seedings rumbles on.
The Indianapolis Colts (7-4) welcome the 5-6 Tennessee Titans to Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday afternoon with the AFC South crown still up for grabs. Following a narrow 30-27 victory over their division rivals in Week 11, the Colts suffered a second blowout of the season, losing 40-11 to the red-hot Arizona Cardinals in Glendale. The Titans fared better in Week 12, rebounding from the loss to Indy with an impressive late victory over the Oakland Raiders, leaving them two games behind the Colts in the race for divisional supremacy.
The Indianapolis Colts (7-3) travel to Glendale on Sunday afternoon looking to maintain their push for the 2nd seed spot in the AFC play-off picture, while their opponents, the Arizona Cardinals (6-4), have post-season aspirations of their own. Holding the same record as the faltering San Francisco 49ers, the Cards have a legitimate opportunity to beat their NFC West rivals to a wild-card spot, where they will likely join the runners-up of the NFC South division. Arizona head coach Bruce Arians has his team playing hard, and while there will be time for sentiment after the game, there is no question Arians will be fully prepared to knock off the team he lead to the play-offs last year during Chuck Pagano’s battle with leukemia.
For years the Indianapolis Colts have been regarded as a passing offense, and a very good one at that. Peyton Manning’s 13-year tenure at quarterback included several record-breaking seasons, with much success stemming from his partnerships with Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark. The new era of Indianapolis, with rookie sensation Andrew Luck started in very similar fashion last year. Luck threw for 433 yards against Miami in Week 9, breaking the record for most yards thrown in a game by a rookie quarterback. His season total finished at 4,374, the most yards thrown by a rookie QB in NFL history.
The Indianapolis Colts dug themselves into another hole in Nashville on Thursday night, and once again they managed to scramble out of it to extend their lead atop the AFC South.
Trailing 17-6 at the half, a combination of youth and experience stepped up to ensure the Pagano-led Colts maintained their impressive record of never losing back-to-back regular season games. Second year tight end Coby Fleener had a career day, catching 8 passes for 107 yards from quarterback Andrew Luck, who finished the game 23/36 for 232 yards and ran for a touchdown. Veteran kicker Adam Vinatieri was perfect on the night, converting all three field goal attempts including a crucial 50-yarder in the third quarter, while 5th year running back Donald Brown carried the ball 80 yards and scored two touchdowns, giving offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton something to think about as Trent Richardson continues to struggle.
The Indianapolis Colts travel to Nashville, TN on Thursday night with both teams coming off Week 10 performances they would like to put behind them in a hurry. Indy suffered an embarrassing 38-8 blowout at the hands of the St. Louis Rams, while the Titans became the first team to fall victim to the hapless (and previously win less) Jacksonville Jaguars. With both teams losing last week, the Colts remain two wins ahead in the race for the AFC South crown, but a Titans victory this evening could create a momentum shift within the division.
The phrase “any given Sunday” comes to mind when trying to define what happened at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday night. The St. Louis Rams entered the contest on a three-game losing streak, with backup quarterback Kellen Clemens win-less as a starter. However, despite recent struggles and seemingly little to play for, the Rams thoroughly dominated the AFC South-leading Indianapolis Colts in all three phases of the game.
The Indianapolis Colts (6-2) welcome the St. Louis Rams (3-6) to Lucas Oil Stadium in Week 10 looking to extend their unbeaten run to three matches. St. Louis on the other hand, will be hoping to pick up their first win since backup quarterback Kellen Clemens replaced the injured Sam Bradford. The franchise quarterback will remain sidelined for the rest of the season after tearing a left knee ligament in Week 7 against the Carolina Panthers.