With the hard part of the schedule out of the way, the Colts are set up for a postseason berth, and could possibly be contenders.
When the schedule came out, the first five weeks immediately stood out. That’s because the Colts had to open the season in LA, play a divisional game on the road, and play the Chiefs in Arrowhead on Sunday night. None of those looked like easy games ahead of time.
But they came out of the first six games with a 4-2 record, even with Andrew Luck retiring and the defense suffering a myriad of injuries. Jacoby Brissett has decided to not let this team fail. Because of that, they have a great chance of making the playoffs.
The Colts play three of their next four games at home, facing the Broncos, Dolphins, and Jaguars in that stretch. The only road game is at Pittsburgh, who is down to their third-string quarterback. They could easily be 8-2 heading into their second showdown with Houston.
Of course, just because the schedule looks easy doesn’t mean it will be easy. All of those teams are still playing hard. The Jags still think they are in the AFC South race, and they’re not wrong. Miami will be trying to get at least one win this season. Pittsburgh’s defense has been playing better too.
It will be up to Frank Reich to make sure his team goes into every one of these games focused. A lapse in focus would be the only way this team loses in the next month or so. If they can avoid that, they could be in line for a top seed in the playoffs.