Indianapolis Colts: Are They the Dark Horse Team in the AFC?
The Indianapolis Colts did the unthinkable on the road last night against the Kansas City Chiefs. Kansas City was only held to 10 points on offense and Indianapolis upset them 19-13.
This was the first meeting since the AFC Divisional Round last season where the Chiefs dominated the Colts. This matchup was supposed to primmer with Andrew Luck and Patrick Mahomes, but it was Jacoby Brissett and Patrick Mahomes.
Head Coach Frank Reich has these players playing hard. They are off to a 3-2 start. The Indianapolis Colts are tied for first place in the AFC South with the Houston Texans. No one expected Indianapolis to be this good without Andrew Luck. It is going to be interesting to see what they do for the rest of the season.
They have one of the best offensive lines in the NFL led by Quenton Nelson. They also dominated on the defensive line. This team wins games by controlling the line of scrimmage. When the Colts do that, they are tough to beat.
Indianapolis will have a bye week next week. This is a perfect bye week for them even after a big win because next week could have been the week that could have been a potential trap for them. They will have a big game at home in Week 7 against the Houston Texans (3-2) and it could potentially be for first place in the AFC South.
Indianapolis could be the third or fourth-best team in the AFC other than the Kansas City Chiefs and the New England Patriots. The AFC is not very good otherwise and it is not as good as the NFC.
Marlon Mack has been the Colts’ best player so far this season. Mack rushed for 132 yards on 29 carries. He also caught two passes for 16 yards receiving.
Jacoby Brissett did not throw a touchdown pass on Sunday night and he was picked off once, but Brissett has been more good than bad this season. It will be interesting to see what direction this football team heads in after the season if they feel like this team only has a certain ceiling with him.
Indianapolis would be no better than the number three or four seed. The Buffalo Bills and the Oakland Raiders were two potential postseason matchups for them. Buffalo has the best defense in the NFL and Oakland already beat them this season.
The Bills might be worse for them to play than the Raiders again. The whole AFC could potentially have a ton of tiebreakers later on in the season and it could be chaotic.
Brissett has completed 108-of-167 passes for 1.062 yards 10 touchdowns and three interceptions. He has also rushed for 66 yards on 24 carries and a touchdown.
Mack has rushed for 470 yards on 101 carries and two touchdowns. He has also caught seven passes for 42 yards receiving.
Jordan Wilkins and Nyheim Hynes are also some solid running backs on this roster. Hynes caught four passes for 46 yards receiving in the game on Sunday night. He has also rushed for 30 yards on 13 carries, but Hynes has caught 18 passes for 120 yards receiving.
I expect this team to contend for a playoff spot but they won’t go far.
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