Even though there will be no postseason play from the Colts this year, they still need to work on some things in these final two games.
It’s tough to play motivated football when you know you can no longer achieve your goals. The 2019 Colts will not win their division, nor even make the playoffs. They are eliminated from those possibilities, but still have two more games left to play on their schedule.
Neither of the two teams they are playing will be playing in the playoffs either. There’s really nothing at stake in either of these two games. But the Colts still need to focus on them and try to win those games. They need to have some sort of momentum going into next season.
Jacoby Brissett might be the player who needs the momentum the most. He looked like someone who didn’t belong on the same field as Drew Brees on Monday night. He needs to restore the fanbase’s trust in him and show the same flashes he did earlier in the year.
The secondary needs to create momentum too. They have gotten torched the last two weeks. Pierre Desir, Malik Hooker, and Khari Willis need to show some backbone and shut down Carolina and Jacksonville. If not, there might be some new faces back there next season.
Frank Reich needs to show that he can create some mismatches with his play calling. It has grown stale the last couple of weeks, especially in the second half. The offense as a whole can gain some confidence from that as well.
These last two games might not have a whole lot at stake in terms of the standings, but the Colts still need to show that they can play well as a team.