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Indianapolis Colts: Playoff Hopes Won’t Last Long With Effort Since Bye Week

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Entering the Week 8 bye for the Indianapolis Colts, they looked to be Super Bowl contenders. They were 5-2 coming off of victories against the San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos. They were a candidate to be America’s team as the attention started circling around Andrew Luck and this young franchise.

Since then, they have not only gotten worse, but this team doesn’t deserve to be in the playoffs. What happened in that short amount of time?

They’re falling behind by horrendous scores in the first half. They’re losing to teams that they should be blowing out. How does a team entering the bye beat those opponents, then lose 38-8 to the St. Louis Rams and 40-11 to the Arizona Cardinals? Neither of those two franchises will be in the playoffs, and they’re routing the Colts. How on earth is that possible?

The reality is the Colts aren’t a very good football team right now. They have all the talent in the world, and they’re flat out not getting the job done. The offensive line is not protecting Luck, and the receivers not getting open isn’t giving Indianapolis much of a passing game. The line not blocking for the ground game and the backs not showing any effort is making the Colts look like the Jacksonville Jaguars on offense.

On the defensive side of the ball, the secondary isn’t playing tight coverage and allowing their guys to get wide open, which doesn’t allow the line to get much of a pass rush. On the contrary, when the Colts do get a pass rush, their corners are leaving receivers wide open. They can’t get off the field on third downs either, which all equates to a very bad football team right now.

This team is a fraud. They’re not playoff-worthy. A playoff team doesn’t lose to the four teams the Colts lost to this year. They should be undefeated if they played every opponent like they did the Broncos, Seahawks and 49ers.

Outside of the Baltimore Ravens‘ run last year, teams that stumble into the playoffs don’t last long in the postseason. Right now, the Colts are heading down that road.

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