There is no more margin for error. The Colts must win on Sunday if they want to keep their hopes of postseason play alive.
The Colts lost a terrible game against the Dolphins last week in one of the most embarrassing performances in franchise history. Now they have to play a divisional foe that is coming off a bye week. Make no mistake about it, this is a must-win game for Indy.
If the Colts don’t win this game, there’s a really good chance they don’t make the playoffs. They are a full game behind Houston for first place in the division. Although they do have the tiebreaker, that’s not something they want to have to use.
For wild card purposes, they are currently the 8 seed, which is out of the playoffs. Two teams ahead of them, Pittsburgh and Oakland, hold tiebreakers over them as well. One team just behind them, the Chargers, also hold a tiebreaker over the Colts.
As you can see, there are plenty of teams with tiebreakers over Indianapolis. Because of that, the Colts no longer have a margin for error. They have to beat the teams they should beat, starting this week with a home game against Jacksonville.
Frank Reich was doing some masterful coaching and play calling early in the year. But both of those things seem to have gone by the wayside lately. He’s had questionable play calling late in games, and his use of certain personnel has also been questionable.
He and the team will need to block out the outside noise and focus on the task at hand. They have to win this game, or the season could get very ugly very quickly.