Heading into the 2016 NFL Season, one team in the league that was expected to take a major step forward were the Indianapolis Colts. While the Colts have been competitive all season long, a recent news article (http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/nfl/colts/2016/12/12/colts-all-hope-lost/95338428/) points out that their chances of making the playoffs have been hurt by a recent loss.
In 2015, the Colts ended up finishing with a record of 8 wins and 8 losses, which was good for second place in their division, but not good enough to make the playoffs. While the Colts missed the playoffs, there was plenty of reason for optimism heading into this year. For starters, the Colts would once again have star quarterback Andrew Luck. In 2015, he was limited to play in just 7 of the team’s 16 games. Furthermore, the team focused heavily on improving its defense to make them more competitive.
Thus far, the season has been full of ups and downs. The season took a major hit this past Sunday when the Colts lost to the visiting Houston Texans. Not only did the Colts fall to a game behind the Texans in the divisional rankings, but they have lost their edge in a potential tie-breaking scenario with the team. However, the Colts still have a chance to make the playoffs if they can win their next three games, each of which is winnable. Furthermore, quarterback Andrew Luck and receiver TY Hilton have shown continued development, which will make them a force if the team makes the playoffs.