All of the sudden, the Indianapolis Colts are red hot, and it couldn't have possibly come at a worse time.
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Indianapolis now has the same number of wins as the Minnesota Vikings and St. Louis Rams (both 2-12). However, the Colts still have the inside track to the #1 pick in next year's draft - and the right to select Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck - because they have played the weakest schedule of the three.
That's assuming, of course, they don't continue to try and mess up the good thing they spent the first three+ months of the season rolling towards.
Indy closes out the year against the Jacksonville Jaguars (4-10). The way the Colts have been playing, they could definitely beat the Jags and pick up their third straight win. If that happens, and Minnesota and St. Louis both lose out, Indianapolis' thirteen game losing skid to open the season will have been for nothing.
All kidding aside Indy, do yourselves a favor in Week 17 and simply LAY DOWN.
Yeah, yeah, I know. That's not a very popular thing to do. But hey, who cares? Give me one good reason why the Colts shouldn't pack it in and let Jacksonville walk all over them. What, Peyton Manning? Please!
This organization has a chance to draft the surest thing at the quarterback position since Peyton himself (according to the experts anyway), and they should just put that pick in jeopardy all in the name of protecting the ego of a guy who may never be the same again? Someone would have to explain the logic behind that way of thinking very slowly to me.
Still, you should be commended Indy. You're not going to go 0-16, and you even managed to give your home-crowd something to cheer about once this season.
Now, think about this - what will one more lousy win really mean long-term? Five years from now, people will look back and see you finished the 2011 season 3-13. But, if your QB then is now a 40-year-old Peyton Manning and you still have no hint of a replacement in the mix, what did that one extra win tacked on to an already dismal record really do for you?
So, still think you should actually show up against the Jaguars?
I didn't think so.