What a difference a few months make.
This season, the Indianapolis Colts are playing the NFL’s best football in an NFC South division that has the league’s worst record.
In fact, they’ve lost nine of their last 11 games.
But the Colts have a chance to make a few changes.
They’ve had a ton of success at the skill positions, and they’ve done so without the help of Andrew Luck.
With Luck gone, there’s more talent at the quarterback position and in the secondary.
So if they’re going to win this division, the Colts need to make the most of their talent, and that’s exactly what they did.
The team drafted wide receiver Marqise Lee with the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft.
And they’ve got one of the best quarterbacks in the league in T.Y. Hilton, who’s been in the top 10 for four straight years.
Here’s how to do it.
The Colts had to take a gamble this year, as the AFC South’s worst team (Tennessee) has been struggling, while the NFC East’s best team (San Francisco) has struggled mightily.
The AFC West has been in shambles, and while the division’s best teams are all good, it has a tough division.
And the division that’s best is the AFC North, where the Houston Texans, Atlanta Falcons and Minnesota Vikings all rank No. 2.
So the Colts are a good team that can win the division, even if they’ve had the best quarterback in the NFL in Luck.
They can go through the Patriots twice in the divisional round and win it.
They’ve won four games by one score or less, and four of those games came by more than five points.
They have one of just three teams in the AFC West to have a winning record when trailing by one.
It’s what the Colts could be.
If they can continue to get better in the passing game, the team will be in the mix for a playoff berth.
And if they can win games like they did against the Patriots, they should be able to get past the Jets and Patriots in the playoffs.
This was a season that started out well.
But now, the pressure is on them to continue that momentum.
They’ll have to find ways to keep their talent fresh, or the pressure will start to mount on them.
They may be a long shot at a wild-card spot, but if they keep getting better, they could be in for another good season.
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