The Indianapolis Colts (7-6) are in a position to make the NFL playoffs in January, but they will need some help.
First and foremost, if the Indianapolis Colts want to make the playoffs this season, they will need to win. Losing is not an option anymore, and the Colts know it. Each player is fighting for the team’s life from here on out. It’s win or go home, but they also need some help.
Aside from an obvious win over the Dallas Cowboys, here are three things Colts fans need to root for on Sunday:
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers win
The Ravens currently hold the sixth and final AFC wildcard seed. Although they sport the same record as Indianapolis, they still hold the conference record tie breaker. Colts fans should hope to see Lamar Jackson and the Ravens suffer defeat to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who at this point, are just trying to play spoiler. A Baltimore loss would put the Colts in the driver’s seat in the Wildcard race. A Ravens win would not be the end of the world, but it would certainly help matters for the Colts.
2. New England Patriots win
Yes, this is the second week in a row I have told you to root for the Patriots, but hear me out. The Patriots take on Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers, who at 7-5-1, are barely leading the AFC North. If the Steelers were to lose, while the Ravens likely beat the Bucs, the Ravens would take over the division lead, leaving that Wildcard spot open for the Colts to take. The Colts would have a 0.5 game lead over Pittsburgh, who would slip out of the playoff picture entirely.
For those of you who have no idea what SKOL means, it is what Minnesota Vikings fans shout as a war cry. What I’m getting at is Indy fans should be rooting for the Vikings, who take on the 7-6 Miami Dolphins. Coming off a stunning victory over the Patriots, the Dolphins sport the same record as the Colts, although the Colts have the head-to-head victory tie breaker. Still, to be safe, Colts fans should root for a Vikings win at home.
The Indianapolis Colts take on the Dallas Cowboys at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday at 1:00 PM ET. The Colts opened up as 2.5-point home favorites against a Dallas team that is riding a 5-game win streak.