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What are the chances the Colts make the playoffs?

We discuss whether or not the Indianapolis Colts will make the AFC playoffs.

Indianapolis Colts v Tennessee Titans Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

The Indianapolis Colts should be encouraged by their campaign, whether they make the playoffs or not.

The future looked especially bright for a franchise searching for a franchise QB thanks to rookie QB Anthony Richardson’s strong play to start his career. Unfortunately, he struggled to stay healthy and ultimately his season was cut short due to a shoulder injury. Enter Gardner Minshew, who has kept the Colts alive this season and in the hunt for an AFC Wild Card spot. Will the Colts be able to pull it off?

Indianapolis Colts current odds

DraftKings odds: TBD
DVOA playoff odds: 46%
ESPN FPI: 42.5%
NY Times odds: 44%

Upcoming Schedule

Week 15: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Week 16: @ Atlanta Falcons
Week 17: vs. Las Vegas Raiders
Week 18: vs. Houston Texans

The Colts will need to potentially win out to survive in a tough AFC Wild Card race. The Colts should be able to win at home against Mitch Trubisky and the Steelers in Week 15 and the Raiders in Week 17. The two pivotal games will be on the road against the Falcons and the final game of the season against C.J. Stroud and the Texans. It could all come down to that final game, with the winner earning the final playoff spot.

Final record prediction: 10-7

Current AFC playoff standings

  1. Baltimore Ravens 10-3
  2. Miami Dolphins 9-4
  3. Kansas City Chiefs 8-5
  4. Jacksonville Jaguars 8-5
  5. Cleveland Browns 8-5
  6. Pittsburgh Steelers 7-6
  7. Indianapolis Colts 7-6
  8. Houston Texans 7-6
  9. Denver Broncos 7-6
  10. Cincinnati Bengals 7-6
  11. Buffalo Bills 7-6

Verdict

Sorry, Colts fans. It’s been a fun ride with Gardner Minshew, but we think the ride will end soon and Indianapolis will fall just short of the playoffs in a competitive AFC.

We predict Indy to go 3-1 down the stretch, which is commendable, but they’ll need a lot of luck to go their way to sneak into the playoffs. A horseshoe does represent luck, doesn’t it?