The Colts started the season strong posting a 6-2 record but left Colt fans scratching their heads. Indianapolis was able to beat the now number one seed for both the NFC and AFC but was unable to beat a now 8-8 Miami team and a limping into the playoff picture San Diego Chargers team. After starting 6-2 the Colts struggled in the middle of the season, going 2-3, and got blown out by the likes of the now 7-9 St. Louis Rams. The mid-season slump can easily be attributed to the absences of veteran wide receiver and team leader Reggie Wayne who left the Broncos game with a leg injury only later to find out he has a torn ACL. There is no doubt that Andrew Luck and the Colts offense struggled with the absence of Wayne. The team’s offense was spotty, out of rhythm and could only put together a few drives. At the same time the walls came tumbling down for the the defense as well. They could not seem to stop a turtle from running the length of the field let alone a professional football player.
The Colts have all of the momentum going into the first week of the playoffs against the Chiefs. If the Colts can get the early lead against Kansas City they have a good chance of heading to either Gillette Stadium or the Mile High City depending on the results of the Bengals and Chargers. The Chiefs, despite recent struggles, do have one of the best defenses in the league and play well with a lead. Again, the key will be for the Colts to establish an early lead and force Alex Smith to air out the ball. Live, love and play like there is no tomorrow – Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and thanks for reading!
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