Indianapolis Colts: Playoff Berth and Divison Crown on Line in Houston

By Eric Smith
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No one would have guessed the Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans game in Week 15 would have AFC South division implications and playoff hopes for the Colts. The Texans, already have clinched a playoff spot, but with an embarrassing loss at the hands of the New England Patriots on Monday night, the Texans now only sit two games ahead of the Colts with three games left.

Two of those three games are matchups with Indianapolis. The first is this Sunday in Reliant Stadium and if the Texans are a winner they will clinch the division title and host at least one playoff game on their homefield. If they lost, they will be one game ahead of the Colts. Indianapolis travels to Kansas City to take on the two-win Kansas City Chiefs in Week 16 while the Texans host the Minnesota Vikings. Both should be wins.

That sets up a do or die game between both teams on December 30th in Lucas Oil Stadium for the division title. The Texans have yet to win in Indianapolis and that will be a tall task to do this year in that scenario. The Colts are tough at home as they’re 6-1 this season. Mix that in with what should be an emotional day as their ill-coach Chuck Pagano is supposed to return that game and it’s a perfect scenario for a Colts win and title.

If the Colts do happen to win on Sunday, then they first clinch a playoff spot which is remarkable, but honestly will have won the division crown unofficially. I don’t think the Texans will beat the Colts in Indianapolis with the division crown on the line. Colts fans will see if their team is up to the task of playing with the big boys or not this week.

There’s so much on the line in this game and should be emotional.

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