Considering that Peyton Manning is not going to be around for the rest of the season and that up until the previous game, the Colts were 0-13 for the season, it is quite evident that something good is finally happening at the Colts headquarters. Then again, winning this late into the season, when there is nothing but self-respect and professional dignity to soothe an ailing and falling team, one can only wonder what is going to be the best tactical decision in regards to the final game of the season. On January 1st, 2012, the Indianapolis Colts are going to play the Jacksonville Jaguars to finish what has seemed as an unbearable season.
If not many fans were expecting the Colts to win last Sunday, they were certainly not even considering for a second that they could pull off a 19-16 win over the Houston Texas on Thursday night. What happened here is that this time, the Colts found themselves fighting for a prize, but just not the usual prize, a pass to the postseason, or a run at the Super Bowl. But this time, the Indianapolis Colts might want to consider fighting for the only positive thing they could possibly pull off from this mess of a season: the number one draft pick.
But then again, even when you are going for a league worst trophy, there still seems to be some competition. This season both the St. Louis Rams and the Minnesota Vikings are 2-12 going into their next game. Definitely nothing to be too proud of, but they could each finish the season at 2-13. That would actually mean that unless the Colts lose their last game of the season against the Jaguars, they might not only finish the season with one of their worst records ever, they might also lose the first round pick of the 2012 NFL Draft, which probably means, they will miss out on having Andrew Luck.
So as we speak St. Louis and Minnesota are both in the fight for a chance to sign Luck for the following season. But it still looks like the Colts have the upper hand. On the positive side of things, the Colts’ .547 strength-of-schedule percentage is going to only worsen after playing the 4-10 Jaguars. The Rams’ and the Vikings current strength of schedule percentage is .587.
The scenario is quite simple for the last weeks of football. If the Colts beat Jacksonville and the Rams and Vikings lose their last two, the Colts would not get the top pick. On the other hand, if the Colts beat the Jags and St. Louis and Minnesota also finish 3-13, the No. 1 pick would go to the Colts.
The Colts won their Thursday Night Football game against the Houston Texans when Reggie Wayne decided to get back on his winning game, when there were only 19 seconds left in the game. He pulled off one of his outstanding maneuvers to give the Colts a 19-16 win at home and prove that he’s still got a little of that magic that made him a 5 time Pro Bowler.