I wondered if I should post this with all the bru-ha-ha, but I then figured that Peyton and the boys will probably be at practice this week, why should I quit?
Average Ranking to Date: 1.42
Fox Sports ranks us 1st (nc): Well, in a way the Colts are still unbeaten — in games where they tried the entire game, they're 14-0. And despite just a five-point lead against the Jets in the third quarter, it would have taken a shocking turn of events for Indy's first-teamers to blow the game. This is my chosen form of denial. It isn't bad at all.
Pete Prisco @ CBS Sports ranks us 1st (nc): The undefeated season is done, but does it matter? No, it's about the postseason. They need to get people healthy and keep people healthy.
Vic Carucci @ nfl.com ranks us 2nd: The decision to pick health over perfection has caused a commotion, but it's consistent with the way the Colts do business. In other news, Dallas is finally selected for the Pro Bowl but has alrady sent his regrets as he will be preparing to help win the Colts another Lombardi Trophy, thankyouverymuch.
nfl.com's Collective Trust ranks us 1st (nc): Even Joe keeps us in first. Thanks, LT.
WEEI in Boston ranks us 2nd (-1): 14-1 Shocking to hear Don Shula say on Monday that the Colts made a "wise" decision to take out Peyton Manning. The decision to pull the potential 2010 MVP in the third quarter could be a costly mistake. It will be interesting to see how the players respond to the decision. Allow me to point out that we have the best players in lockeroom and in the league. These guys are professionals and they are pissed. Who else is there to take it out on besides future opponents?
ESPN ranks us 1st (nc): They created more of a stir than they could have imagined with their decision to pull their starters and sacrifice perfection. (Kuharsky)
Sporting News ranks us 1st (nc): With a chance to make history, Jim Caldwell punted. We'll see how his team responds.
National Football Post ranks us 1st (nc): It is hard for us to move our top team when Peyton Manning isn’t playing in the fourth quarter.
WhatIfSports ranks us 2nd, but doesn't appear to have been updated in a while with NO on top.
Peter King @ SI ranks us 2nd (-1): Very, very tough call. San Diego and Indy can both pass. Neither runs well. The Colts rush the passer better. I guess this is a combination of recent history (San Diego 4, Indy 1 in their last five meetings) and how they're playing now. You're thinking I have the Colts behind San Diego because Indy lost to the Jets. Not so. Though I would like to see the Colts play better, I made this ranking because the Chargers have played better over the past two months. In the past 10 games, San Diego's outscored foes by an average of 31-16. In its past 10, Indy's won games 26-20, on average. Personally, I don't care what the score says. Its the heart of the 2009 Colts that counts.
USA Today ranks us 2nd (-1)): Will easing up on the Jets lead to another playoff flameout?
CHFF ranks us st (nc): Last week: 29-15 loss vs. Jets. Curtis Painter is now just 49,989 passing yards shy of the team's all-time record held by Peyton Manning. At his current pace, he’ll pass Manning by the year 3145.
Don Banks @ SI ranks us 1st (nc): OK, here's the deal, Horseshoe Heads: You better at least make it to the Super Bowl now, or your wildly unpopular decision to run the junior varsity out there with a five-point lead at home against the Jets in Week 16 will be blamed for everything. That might not be fair, but that's the way it is. Peyton Manning can't say it, but I can. I hated the way the Colts played it against New York, and there's something inherently wrong about not trying your best to win the game in that situation, with an undefeated season on the line. Everything about Indy's approach is diametrically opposite to how the Patriots and Giants approached things in Week 17 of 2007, and you recall the universal acclaim those two franchises were bathed in after their epic battle. As wrong as it feels, my gut tells me it won't end up being the right call for Indy in the long run.