After getting an ugly win in their home game against the 49ers, the Colts saw minimal movement up the power rankings. That is to be expected because they barely beat a team who has not yet won a game. This Colts team will take a win however they can get it though, and people are starting to take note of the potential they have in backup QB Jacoby Brissett. This is a team that could get better as the season goes on.
The Colts still have every division game remaining, and if Andrew Luck returns soon, the AFC South could look a lot different. But for now, with Jacoby Brissett and a league-worst minus-62 point differential, their chances of making the playoffs are just below 1 percent.
More and more, people around the league are taking note of Jacoby Brissett. At first, his signing was considered a desperation move by a Colts team unsure of when the starter would be back. Then, after a few weeks of surprising Brissett efforts, league observers felt Indy had found a nice backup to Andrew Luck. Now, or at some point in the future, an organization might look at Brissett as a potential starting option. Sure, Brissett made a boneheaded mistake in the red zone in overtime of Sunday's win, trying to loft the ball over a linebacker in a tight space. Didn't work and nearly cost the Colts the game. He's also 23 years old. When I was 23, I had an equalizer in my car and wore vests with T-shirts. So keep that in mind when being hard on Brissett.
Jacoby Brissett is 2-2 and has done a nice job as the starting quarterback. They have kept themselves alive without Andrew Luck.
Let’s figure Andrew Luck comes back for the first game in November. Before then, the Colts play a Titans team that might not have Marcus Mariota, at home against a hit-or-miss Jaguars team and at the Bengals, who we’ve seen look bad. Could the Colts win two of those games and Luck comes back to a 4-4 team? Seems possible.
They just might be able to tread water long enough to Andrew Luck to come back and get injured again.
Not much in the way of optimism to be found, but in a division that is floundering, and a conference that has not been exactly dominant, the Colts are still very much alive. With the return of Andrew Luck in a couple weeks we could see the needle move a lot more.