3 ways the Colts need to improve in order to make a playoff run

The Indianapolis Colts are alive in the NFL playoff race heading, but there are a few things Indy must improve to actually clinch a spot and make noise.
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1. Colts must get all receivers involved

We have seen the involvement of Josh Downs decrease as of late. Since Week 9 against the Carolina Panthers, he has only made 14 receptions. We have also seen an uptick in the gameplan with Alec Pierce and even Will Mallory as well. It has not been drastic, but it seems they are taking more deep shots with Pierce specifically.

While the opponents have not been able to stop Michael Pittman Jr. regardless of coverage, the other pass catchers have been slowed down. We have seen less production from both Drew Ogletree and Kylen Granson the past three weeks as the overall position has struggled, and we have seen rookie Will Mallory trying to break out as well.

Granson only has five catches in the past three games and Ogletree has one catch. While both have never jumped off the box score, it’s bringing the one-sided offensive plan of Micheal Pittman Jr. to the forefront. More involvement of the tight ends along with Josh Downs, should be a key focus with a must win game against the Steelers on Saturday evening.