Should the Colts try to make the playoffs?
The Colts currently sit at 3-5. They are 3 games back in the divisional race. With the gap so large, should they even try for a playoff push?
In the NFL, you either want to make the playoffs or be bad. You want to get one of the top picks in the draft. Even though you can get value in the middle of the draft, the best is obviously at the top.
So the Colts have to ask themselves; should they try to be bad? They are 3 games out of the division with 8 left to play. Do they think they can make up that ground? Does it make sense for them to try to make up that ground?
The team does have a relatively easy schedule coming in. They play their next three games at home. But they still have to make up three whole games. They need help from Houston. If Houston starts losing games, then they will have a chance to get up there.
But what if they don’t? The Colts could end up finishing 8-8 or 9-7. That won’t be good enough for the wild card. Or they could finish 7-9 or 6-10. Definitely not good enough for the playoffs, but not bad enough for a top five pick.
Having that top five pick could guarantee you a great defensive player. Nick Bosa, Rashan Gary, and Ed Oliver are all projected to be top five picks. All three players could do wonders on the defensive line. All three would fit perfectly in Indy.
But ultimately, the Colts should try to win games. They should try to make the playoffs and show their young players that they are committed to winning. Doing so will put faith into the organization and allow them to win in the future.