Week 15: vs Dallas Cowboys
I love this match up in Lucas Oil Stadium. The Colts face a test in Ezekiel Elliott and need to force Dak Prescott to beat them. Stuff the run and make Dak Prescott throw the ball. The Cowboys are very mediocre this year with a bad defense. The Colts should put up 50.
Dallas traded for Amari Cooper and gave up a first round pick for him. Cooper is a first-round bust. Jon Gruden finally made a good move for the Oakland Raiders and fleeced a first-round pick from Jerry Jones. Jones is absolutely senile and will never, ever win another Super Bowl as long as he is in control.
Back to the game at hand. The Cowboys only way of scoring is by way of Elliott. Take him away and you win the football game. Take Elliott away and put Andrew Luck on the field against Dallas’ defense and you blow out the Cowboys. Colts win a big game in hopes of landing a wildcard spot.
Colts 42, Cowboys 17. (8-6)
Week 16: vs New York Giants
Speaking of bad NFC East teams, here comes Peyton’s little brother and the New York Football Giants. The Giants, like the Cowboys before them, mainly rely on their stud running back Saquon Barkley to score them points. However, unlike Dallas, the Giants have some serious pass-catching weapons. Although Eli Manning is not playing well, as long as he can sling a ball, the Giants have a chance.
Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shephard are a deadly receiving duo capable of burning the Colts’ secondary. Mix the threat of a deep passing attack with a great running back in Barkley and the Giants should have a potent offense, right? Well, no. I forgot to mention their offensive line is made up of five turnstiles. Darius Leonard should have fun.
New York does not have a great defense, either. Andrew Luck and company should have no problems scoring as the Colts look to get one step closer to a playoff spot.
Colts 23, Giants 21. (9-6)
Week 17: @ Tennessee Titans
We all saw what happened last Sunday when the Colts murdered the Titans. The Colts pass rush made life hell for Marcus Mariota (and later Blaine Gabbert) and lived in the Tennessee backfield all day long. Meanwhile, T.Y. Hilton abused Adoree Jackson in coverage and the Colts made a mockery of the Titans’ then first-ranked scoring defense, 38-10.
This should be no different, just in Nashville, Tennessee. On top of that, the Colts will be fighting for a spot in the AFC wildcard, so that motivation could put the Colts over the top even more. This time, the Colts may lay a 40-burger on Tennessee and sack Mariota 12 times. Too much? Maybe.
However, the Colts should win this game with ease and end the season on a 9-1 run.
Colts 35, Titans 16. (10-6)
At 10-6, that should be good enough to make a Wildcard spot, and maybe even win the division, but not likely. A wildcard playoff berth would give the Indianapolis Colts an away playoff game in the wildcard round against the 2nd or 3rd seed division winner.