Indianapolis Colts: Team Has to Stop Playing to Level of Opponents
4-4, 4-5, 4-6 — those are the records of the opponents that have beaten the Indianapolis Colts this year. Two of those were at home in Lucas Oil Stadium. 9-1, 8-1, 6-3 — those are the records of three of the six teams the Colts have beaten this season.
This leaves Colts fans and the national media scratching their heads after Indianapolis’ recent 30-point home loss to a horrible team in the St. Louis Rams. How does a team beat Super Bowl contenders with records like that and lose to three teams with records at or below .500, especially at home?
Indianapolis has the talent, depth and resources to go to the Super Bowl this year. They play very well against teams of their caliber. Why do they play so badly against teams that shouldn’t even be sharing the field with them?
This has to change immediately because they have four of the next five games against teams around .500 or below. There’s no reason they can’t be at worst 10-4 heading to their December 22 matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs. There’s absolutely no reason they should lose either of the two games with the Tennessee Titans or on the road against the Arizona Cardinals. They should also take care of business against a bad Houston Texans team at home on December 15.
Is it too much to ask for to win those four games?
This team is far too good to lose those games. It’s as simple as that. Yes I know Arizona is 5-4 and has Bruce Arians coaching, but there’s no way that team should be within 10 points of Indianapolis if the Colts that beat the Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks show up.
The moral of the story is Indianapolis has to stop losing to bad teams. They schedule is set up for them to win at least five of the final seven games and put themselves in the running for a first-round bye in the AFC playoffs. It’s up to them and no one else now.
Eric Smith is the Colts Beat Writer for Rant Sports. He’s covered the team the past four seasons and is recognized as an accredited member of the media by the Colts. Follow him on Twitter @ericsportsguru