The Indianapolis Colts are coming off one of their worst performances of not just the year, but in franchise history last Sunday against a bad St. Louis Rams team. Indianapolis entered the game 6-2 while St. Louis was 3-6 with a backup quarterback and below average talent. This game should have been won by Indianapolis, especially at home.
Instead they now face a must-win on the road at the Tennessee Titans on Thursday night. Luckily for them, it’s a short week so they can forget about that bad loss quickly, but the Jacksonville Jaguars gave the Colts a big gift by beating the Titans on Sunday. That meant Indianapolis didn’t lose anything in the division race as they’re still two games up on the Titans with only seven games left.
Indianapolis has two games with Tennessee in the next three weeks, and a win this week and again on December 1 could give them their first AFC South division title since 2010. It wouldn’t matter what they do against the rest of the teams on the schedule as long as they sweep Tennessee this year.
By sweeping the Titans, the Colts would hold a four-game lead on the division with four games left. They hold the tie-breaker, which in turn allows Indianapolis to have the division clinched on the first of December. That’s huge because they still have road games with the Cincinnati Bengals and the Kansas City Chiefs in December, so clinching the division early can take a lot of pressure off.
That’s why this game Thursday night is crucial as it has division title implications for Indianapolis.
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