The Indianapolis Colts’ 29-17 loss at the hands of the Houston Texans today was actually a blessing in disguise. Yes, it would have been huge for the Colts to win and have a shot at the division title in the friendly confines of Lucas Oil Stadium on December 30th in the season finale. But, the loss now means all the Colts have to do in win on the road against a bad Kansas City Chiefs team and their playoff spot will be clinched.
With the win over the Colts today, the Texans did clinch the AFC South and with a win at home against the Minnesota Vikings next week the Texans will clinch the top spot and homefield advantage for the AFC playoffs. If both scenarios happen next weekend which is likely, then both teams can rest up for the Week 17 finale.
I’m sure most Colts fans would welcome the team being able to rest the starters and give them more time to heal for a playoff run rather than have them play a grind out physical game now. Let’s be honest no one expected the Colts to win the division this season anyways. Being able to have the luxury to rest starters in the final game was unforeseen as well.
That’s why today’s loss is actually a blessing. Sure it’s always disappointing to lose, but a healthy and refocused roster going into the playoffs is a good problem to have. Andrew Luck definitely is going to need the rest as he’s been sacked an NFL high 37 times already this season. The offensive line is giving him no help so giving him 2-3 quarters to rest in the 16th game of the season against one of the most physical defenses is actually good.
Luck was dropped a season high five times today. With the importance of what the last game would have been he certainly would have been dropped quite a bit more times in the finale. Each hit could be one away from him and the Colts season out.
Add in the injuries on the offensive line and in the backfield, it’s going to be nice to get them one more week to heal and get refocused. Look for many players to be inactive or play just one quarter in that game and it couldn’t be better. Who would have thought the Colts could go back to resting starters in year one of a rebuilding effort?
The game may actually be the most pointless game to watch so if you do have season tickets to Colts games and were wanting to give a good gift for the holiday’s contemplate giving those away. Neither team is going to play their starters much and it could get sloppy. Luckily, it won’t matter for either team and that’s remarkable for this young Colts team.