In Week 14, the Indianapolis Colts had their four-game winning streak snapped, losing an ugly game to the Cincinnati Bengals 34-14. It was Indy’s worst game of the season. The Colts were bad offensively, defensively, and on special teams. However, Indy’s record only moved to 7-6 and the team would still be in the playoffs if the season ended today.
Indianapolis will have the opportunity to bounce back in Week 15 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. On paper, the Steelers are also 7-6, but one spot ahead of Indy in the AFC at No. 6. Looking at that and that alone, it’d be understandable if this game between Pittsburgh and Indy was competitive. However, a closer look at things and it’s clear that the Colts have to win this game.
Colts should absolutely win against the Steelers
Pittsburgh has great history as a franchise. Mike Tomlin is a Hall of Fame coach and his teams always come to compete. That’s demonstrated in the team’s current 7-6 record. However, all of that has to be thrown aside, because the reality of this situation is that the Steelers are a bad football team right now.
Pittsburgh is coming off two straight losses and those losses came against two of the worst teams in the league. In Week 13, the Steelers lost at home to the Arizona Cardinals who currently have a 3-10 record. In Week 14, also at home, Pittsburgh lost to the New England Patriots who are also 3-10. So that’s back-to-back home losses to two-win teams.
Additionally, backup quarterback Mitch Trubisky will be starting the game against Indianapolis, and it’s also possible that the Steelers could be without top defenders TJ Watt and Alex Highsmith. So between injuries and the current quality of this Pittsburgh team, Indy has no excuses.
The Colts have a lot going on as well but they aren’t nearly as down bad as the Steelers currently are. If this is a team that’s serious about making the postseason, they have to take care of business against Pittsburgh.