You can find not substantially assurance that the Colts split into playoff place

Every person thinks the Indianapolis Colts will get this 7 days. The concern is: Will a person of four teams — the Tennessee Titans (at the Houston Texans), Miami Dolphins (at the Buffalo Expenditures), Baltimore Ravens (at the Cincinnati Bengals) or Cleveland Browns (vs. the mostly resting Pittsburgh Steelers) — cooperate and lose, enabling the Colts a location in the AFC playoffs? Let’s come across out: 

a group of people riding on the back of a person wearing a helmet: (From left) Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans; Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphis; Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens; Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns; Philip Rivers, Indianapolis Colts

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(From left) Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans Tua Tagovailoa, Miami Dolphis Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens Baker Mayfield, Cleveland Browns Philip Rivers, Indianapolis Colts

Browns, Titans, Dolphins and Ravens win.

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On the Colts, profitable 35-10: The Jaguars did a great job embracing the tank this earlier week, as they fell to the Bears by a score of 41-17. There are a few of motives I’m taking the Colts to protect this massive distribute: revenge, and requirement. For one particular, the Jaguars’ lone acquire arrived in the period opener versus the Colts. That is a really embarrassing mark for an Indy workforce hoping to make the postseason. To make issues even worse, that decline is probably why the Colts will overlook the playoffs this calendar year. There are 5 10-5 groups in the AFC moving into the last 7 days of the frequent period, including the Colts, and one club is going to be on the exterior seeking in when the playoff bracket is eventually recognized. If the Colts, Titans, Browns, Dolphins and Baltimore Ravens all earn this Sunday, then it will be the Colts who pass up the playoffs. They would come to be just the 3rd 11-gain team in NFL history to pass up the playoffs. All they can do is get treatment of enterprise from the Jaguars and hope 1 of the other AFC playoff hopefuls loses, and I imagine the Colts take out their frustration on the team that handed them that 1st loss of the period.  

Browns, Dolphins, Titans and Ravens acquire. 

Colts acquire 33-20: This matchup sets up perfectly for the Colts, irrespective of their Week 1 loss to the Jaguars. However, the 7 days 17 slate does not set up very well for Indy. With the Expenditures and Steelers owning tiny to play for, it’s simple to think about 5 AFC groups ending 11-5 with only four playoff spots to go all-around. The Colts would then be left out in the chilly. 

Dolphins reduce, Ravens, Browns and Titans gain. 

Colts 31-14: The Jaguars have locked up the No. 1 in general decide on in the 2021 NFL draft. The Colts need a earn and hope for some enable to make the AFC playoffs immediately after their next-50 % meltdown from the Steelers. The Colts will hold things simple below with a heavy dose of the operating recreation and timely major plays from Philip Rivers to avenge a 7 days 1 reduction. It truly is really hard to believe Jacksonville hasn’t gained nearly anything because but when you glance at its awful protection and inconsistent offense, then it is really significantly a lot easier to realize. 

Dolphins lose, Titans, Browns and Ravens get. 

Colts 31-10: The Colts want this to have a prospect to make the playoffs, but also want assistance. They blew a guide to the Steelers previous 7 days, but they will not likely blow a person listed here. They shed to Jacksonville in the opener, but this will not be close. The Jaguars are bad. Colts massive. 

He would not predict outcomes, but isn’t confident in the Bengals, Steelers and Texans, and is iffy on the Charges. 

Colts beating the Jaguars: The Colts have to have to get to stay alive for a playoff berth, and they will need some help way too (a reduction by the Titans, Browns, Ravens or Dolphins). Indianapolis can nevertheless get the division as nicely. There’s a risk in just betting on groups that have “something to engage in for.” Just about every 12 months we see a workforce that has long been eliminated rise up and pull an upset to have an affect on the playoff image. I just do not imagine the Jaguars are that group. 

Titans, Browns, Dolphins and Ravens gain. 

Colts 35-13: After actively playing rather aggressive soccer around the past couple months, the Jaguars ended up destroyed by Baltimore back in Week 15 by the score of 40-14 before falling to Chicago 41-17 this earlier Sunday. The team’s struggling defense has now supplied up 30-plus factors 9 moments this time. There is no way a Jaguars workforce that has now missing 14 consecutive will arrive to engage in 7 days 17. It is that simple. 

Dolphins lose, Titans, Ravens and Browns acquire. 

Colts 31-14: The Jaguars won’t repeat their only win this period (in excess of the Colts) even while they’ve previously locked up the No. 1 decide on — of Trevor Lawrence for new coach City Meyer. Hold out, we’re acquiring ahead of ourselves again. 

Titans, Browns, Dolphins and Ravens win. 

Colts 31-20: Indy requirements enable and a kiss of luck to avoid starting to be only the third 11-win group to not make the playoffs. Colts should win and have a decline by either Ravens, Browns or Dolphins. Jax has been mathematically eradicated considering the fact that the Jimmy Carter administration but at minimum gets to draft Trevor Lawrence. Fourteen is a large amount of points to give a nemesis opponent that has overwhelmed Indy two straight and seven of previous 10.

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