When it comes to Colts vs. Steelers in this decade, the Steelers have held control. Overall, Indy is 0-5 against the Steel City, and their last trip to Pittsburgh ended in a 35 point loss.
The last time the Indianapolis Colts started a season 5-2 was in 2014. The next game that year was a trip to Heinz Field to face the Steelers. As fate would have it, the Colts find themselves in that same scenario, as this Sunday that is exactly who they will face. Only this time they will hope for a different result.
There has been one thing that the Colts have found themselves dealing with throughout this year, and that is inconsistency. Jacoby Brissett throws for 4 touchdowns against the Texans, but that game just happens to be sandwiched by two games in which he had 0 touchdown passes and just an average QBR of 37.6.
And while I have all the trust in the world in Adam Vinatieri, he has definitely been up and down this season. I will also throw in the entire game against the Raiders: Yes, they are a decent to good football team and well coached, but that whole game just felt off.
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But with all that in mind, it makes the success as a team this season just that much sweeter. The Colts have shown they can adjust to any style and find a way to win. They ran the ball to perfection and kept Mahomes off the field in Kansas City.
They then decided to air-it-out and outscore the Houston Texans. And then just this past Sunday, in a game where most things seemed to go wrong, they found a way to march it down the field, and kick the game winner.
It is a testament to how tough and how special this football team really is. Throughout all the injuries, all the challenges, they just continue to find a way to persevere.
With all this in mind, it is important to not get swept away by the excitement, and this Sunday provides the Colts with a massive opportunity. Already having road wins against Tennessee and Kansas City, finding a way to get the victory on Sunday would put Indianapolis in great position in terms of how the rest of the schedule plays out.
The key to watch, as has been all season, is which Colts offense shows up against a Steelers defense that features players like Joe Haden, Minkah Fitzpatrick, and T.J. Watt. Will this be Marlon Mack’s 3rd 100 yard rushing game of the year, will it be another big game for Brissett, or will it be an offensive struggle like last week against a stingy Broncos defense. No matter what, it is clear to see the challenges that will face Indy on Sunday.
But challenges are exactly what this team seems to thrive on. No matter the adversity the Colts have faced, they always seem to battle back, no matter the situation. And when you are heading over to face a team that you have yet to defeat this decade, that resilience is a pretty good trait to have.