Where do Colts sit in the AFC Playoff picture, ahead of pivotal matchup with Browns?

The Indianapolis Colts suffered a big loss in Week 6, and have another important game for the AFC Playoff picture in Week 7, facing the Cleveland Browns.
Indianapolis Colts v Jacksonville Jaguars
Indianapolis Colts v Jacksonville Jaguars / Perry Knotts/GettyImages

The Indianapolis Colts are entering Week 7 at 3-3, coming off a loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars that had major implications for the 2023 playoff race. Indy and Jacksonville entered the game with the same record, and the game would decided the current leader of the AFC South. The Jaguars won comfortably, completing a sweep of the Colts on the 2023 season.

While it’s still early in the season, Jacksonville sweeping Indy gives the Jaguars a significant advantage over the Colts in the AFC South race. The Colts will have to finish with an outright better record than Jacksonville to win the division, because the Jaguars own the tiebreaker. That makes getting into the playoffs a tougher battle for Indy.

Even if Indianapolis doesn’t win the AFC South, there’s still a path to the postseason through the three wildcard spots. Let’s take a look at where the Colts currently sit in the AFC playoff picture.

AFC Playoff picture entering Week 7

If the playoffs ended today, Indianapolis would be the first team out of the playoffs, currently sitting on the bubble as the No. 8 seed— only seven teams get in from each conference. The good news is that the season doesn’t end today, and the team with the No. 7 seed is the Cleveland Browns, who Indy will face on Sunday.

Here are the seven teams that would currently be the AFC playoff seeds:

1. Kansas City Chiefs

2. Miami Dolphins

3. Baltimore Ravens

4. Jacksonville Jaguars

5. Buffalo Bills

6. Pittsburgh Steelers

7. Cleveland Browns

With the Browns sitting one spot ahead of Indy, the Colts could jump right into the top seven seeds with a win. That would also give Indianapolis the head-to-head advantage over the Browns, and strengthen Indy’s AFC record, in the event of any tiebreakers. Sure, it’s only Week 7, but all of these games are important for what will be a tight playoff race in the AFC.