What a tale of two halves it has been for the Indianapolis Colts. The first half of the season featured three huge wins over the San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos. After starting the season at 6-2 and looking like they could be a true contender for an AFC title, the Colts have gone just 2-3 having not won two games in a row since.
The turning point was absolutely when Reggie Wayne was lost for the season, following the enormous victory over Peyton Manning and the previously-undefeated Broncos. Up to that point in time, Wayne had accounted for 38 receptions, 502 yards and two touchdowns.
Anybody that watched Andrew Luck in his rookie year knows that he looks for Wayne when in doubt. No matter what the play call, if he’s in trouble and needs to get the ball out to someone who can potentially make a play, it’s going to Wayne. Without a security blanket in the passing game, Luck hasn’t been the same.
Not all the blame goes on the Wayne injury, though. The Colts thought they had a steal when trading for Trent Richardson earlier in the year, but since then he’s been a bust and even lost the starting job to Donald Brown. Indianapolis has had a nearly-impossible time trying to run the ball, and the offense is no where near as good as it once could have been.
So here we are. It’s week 15 and the Colts have their division locked down at 8-5 and, to be quite frank, they should begin enjoying that division crown thoroughly because it’s all they’re walking away with at the end of the year. Come time for the playoffs, the Colts aren’t built to beat anybody in current contention outside of possibly the Baltimore Ravens — even that would be close.
I am sorry to say, but the Colts’ season is done. That’s my story, and, well you know the rest.