INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – The (1-13)Indianapolis Colts and quarterback Peyton Manning can also rest a little easier. The same may not be said for Stanford’s Andrew Luck.
Thanks to running back Donald Brown’s 161 yards rushing on 16 carries and one touchdown, the Colts avoided becoming the second team in NFL history to go winless and snapped a franchise-worst 14-game losing streak in upsetting AFC South rival, Tennessee 27-16.
With the winless Colts upending the Titans on the same day that the defending Super Bowl champion Packers fall to the Kansas City Chiefs 19-14, it would mark the third time in NFL history that a team at least 10-0 would lose on the same day that a team at least 0-10 would win.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, The last two times a undefeated team lost on the same day that a winless team won was back on November 18, 1984 when (0-11) Buffalo won on the same day that (11-0) Miami lost.
The first time happened back on December 13, 1953 when the (0-10-1) Chicago Cardinals won on the same day that the (11-0) Cleveland Browns would lose.
With their first win of the season and Manning beginning to throw again, does Indianapolis still opt to draft Luck in April?
A lot can happen between now and April, regarding both Manning and Luck, but the Colts have a real dilemma on their hands and will have to make a decision for the sake of the franchise and not one player.
Manning could have a setback in his recovery from his neck injury, or Luck could have a bad NFL Scouting Combine—held in Indianapolis—and potentially drop in mock boards.
Both may be unlikely, but with the Colts winning on Sunday, they may turn out to be the biggest loser in the off-season.
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