The Colts have defied the odds all season long, becoming only the third team in NFL history to make the playoffs after starting 1-5. They can keep doing that too.
No one expected the Colts to be here. They were 4-12 last year and looked like they were going to need to rebuild for the next 3 years. But that was flat wrong. The Colts have proved everyone wrong, and now they are in the second round of the playoffs.
The Colts are now about to face the number one seed in the AFC in the Divisional round. They have fought their way to this point with tough football. They have done dirty work in the trenches on both sides of the ball and have a dominant offensive and defensive line.
Those lines have improved all season long and have helped them get them to where they are at today. The offensive line was getting killed all season last year, and allowed a ton of sacks. But this year, they have allowed a league-low 18.
Defying the odds has to deal with the coaching staff as well. Frank Reich was the second choice for the Colts’ head coaching position. Now he might win coach of the year. Matt Eberflus was a hold over from when Josh McDaniels was hired, and he could be the NFL’s best coordinator now.
Now the whole team is using that underdog status to their advantage. If they can stay together throughout this playoff run, they can continue to defy the odds and make it to the end. That would be the greatest achievement of them all.