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After Week 8, The 4-3 Indianapolis Colts Are Very Much In The Mix For The Playoffs

Indianapolis' 19-13 comeback win over Tennessee keeps the Colts in the playoff picture. That's right. PLAYOFFS!

Frederick Breedon

Sunday's dramatic 19-13 victory for the Indianapolis Colts on the road against their division rivals, the Tennessee Titans, was a first for many reasons.

  • It was the first road game the club had earned since December 26th, 2010. That game was in Oakland, and Peyton Manning was still the Colts quarterback.
  • It was the first road win of the 2012 season.
  • It was the first divisional win of 2012.
  • It was the first road win for second-year players like left tackle Anthony Castonzo, who described himself as "ecstatic" with the team earning their first road victory. The Colts zero games outside of Lucas Oil Stadium last season.

What the win also did was keep Indianapolis in the playoff picture. That's right. PLAYOFFS!

If the season ended right now, the Colts would be the No. 6 seed in the AFC's Wildcard Round. They would play current No. 3 seed New England. Wouldn't that be just CAPITAL! The No. 5 seed is the Miami Dolphins, the team next up on the schedule for Indianapolis.

Speaking of Peyton Manning, he and the Denver Broncos are now established at the top of the AFC West and would be the No. 4 seed.

Obviously, from here on out anything can happen, but consider that in just seven games this team has doubled their win total from 2011. Had they not choked in the final 45 seconds against the Jaguars in Week Three, the Colts would be 5-2 and just one game back for the division lead.

As it stands, they are 4-3. Hopefully, they can get Robert Mathis back healthy soon and continue to stack wins.