The Colts already had to play a game in a big environment, but now they get some more practice this week in Pittsburgh.
The Colts have played a lot of games at home recently. Now they travel on the road to face a team that is still in a desperate mode. This will be a hostile environment, and that is good for the Colts. They need more practice playing in such venues.
A big reason why they need practice is preparation for the playoffs. This team won’t get the number one seed. That will likely go to the Patriots. Even though they could get the number two seed, they still need to be ready to face a team like New England on the road.
New England has a tough environment. So too does Pittsburgh. That is why this will be a great opportunity to get more practice in for that this week. Even more than practice for future games, this game should also help with the mental toughness of the team.
The Colts responded in Kansas City after Patrick Mahomes threw an unlikely touchdown on third and long. They need to have the same type of mental toughness for this game at Heinz field. Jacoby Brissett will get a chance to see how much he’s improved since that game.
This will be the toughest place Brissett has played since that Kansas City game. It will be interesting to see how the gameplan in drawn up. Do they let Brissett sling it around like he did against Houston? Or do they run the ball more like they did against the Chiefs?