In considering the AFC Wild Card, the Indianapolis Colts are starting to look good enough to make the playoffs. At 8-4, the Colts still have a chance to finish in first-place in the AFC North. The Tennessee Titans> presently hold that spot with an 11-1 record. Four games are left in the season and the Colts and Titans have one more regular-season meeting. That will occur on December 28 in Indianapolis. That will be the final game of the regular season.
The Colts have won their last five games. The average margin of victory during that period has been just four points. In their latest contest, Indy beat the struggling Brown 10-6. They didn’t score an offensive TD in that game.
Indy managed to win thanks to their defense as QB Peyton Manning went 15 of 21 for 125 yards. He tossed two interceptions. The Colts tied in the first quarter on an Adam Vinatieri field goal. Brown kicker Phil Dawson had put the Browns ahead at 9:04 of period one on a 34-yarder. Dawson put the club ahead again in the second quarter with another field goal.
The Colts gained the lead for good at 9:45 of the final period when Robert Mathis picked up a Cleveland fumble, running it back 37 yards for a score. The Colts are playing good enough to win and often that is the key to success as the NFL regular season comes to an end.