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At this point in the season, confidence among the Indianapolis Colts’ fan base is at a premium — and at a season low. The Colts stand at 6-6, but not the kind of 6-6 that says “They’ve played a lot of good teams, and if they can get into the playoffs, they might be able to make a run.
Conversely, the Colts are the type of 6-6 team, that has lost games they should have won, and are continuing down the wrong path in terms of developing into a threat in the AFC as the season gets down to the nitty gritty.
Last week the Colts began to lose the confidence — again — from the fan base after a loss to the Houston Texans in a massive AFC South matchup on Thursday Night Football. And that trend has continued due to what is seen as an upset to the fans at the hands of the Tennessee Titans this past Sunday.
Last week the confidence level was sitting at 52 percent, with a previous low for the season being at 39 percent in Week 11. This week, Colts’ fans have let it be known that they are losing patience with the team, the way they are competing, and losing faith in the direction each game has been able to turn on them with just the outcome of a few plays in recent weeks.
The Colts travel to Tampa Bay this Sunday to take on another hot team, not to mention the Buccaneers are a top-5 scoring offense, and can put multiple explosive scoring drives together quite quickly if given the chance. Answering the question as to whether the Colts’ defense can stop Jameis Winston and the Bucs’ offense remains to be seen. Not to mention, seeing if Jacoby Brissett can bounce back after several subpar outputs will be something everyone is hoping to witness first-hand, and if he can’t, there will be very few Colts’ fans backing him for the position next season.
One of the national questions this week is whether or not the Buffalo Bills will win the AFC East this year.
Yes, the New England Patriots are still in the division, but they’ve been shown to be vulnerable to quality defenses, and a mobile quarterback in recent weeks. Josh Allen, and the Bills have become quite a bit more interesting than they’ve been in years, but the Patriots are still who they’ve always been until they can be officially ousted from the seat atop the East.
As you can see, that’s about exactly how the national audience sees it as well. While the Bills have a difficult road ahead of them in the final quarter of the season, if they can continue their ways of recent weeks, and they also beat the Patriots head to head in Week 16, the door is open for about anything at this point.
What a story that would be for literally every fan for the other 31 teams in the league!
Our next national question on this week’s survey is whether or not the Baltimore Ravens are the best team in the league right now. Just as 80 percent answered that the Bills wouldn’t win the AFC East, over 80 percent are weighing in that the Ravens are indeed the best team — top to bottom — in the NFL at this moment.
What they’ve done on both sides of the ball is hard to argue with. Lamar Jackson has proved to be a game-changer with his legs as well as with his arm and they’ve been an extremely fun team to watch this year. They’ve beaten the Patriots, the San Francisco 49ers, the Seattle Seahawks, have all but murdered the Texans and Rams, and have swept their division this season.
Their lone loss came at the hands of the Kansas City Chiefs, which is forgivable to say the least. Those Ravens actually match up with the Bills this Sunday which will be another very fun game to watch.
Our final national question comes on the heels of a division that appears to have all but imploded in recent weeks. Who will win the NFC East? Does anyone really care, might be a better question.
The Dallas Cowboys were considered to be an elite offense in the league just a few weeks ago, except now they can’t beat anyone with a decent defense. The Eagles have become one of those teams that is far more talented than the Miami Dolphins, only to lose to them in a shootout. Washington has been a disaster most of the season, and the New York Giants will go to Eli Manning this week as their rookie quarterback is on the shelf for the underperforming G-men.
However, the now 6-7 Cowboys are still being seen as the favorites to win the division in spite of being on a similarly sharp decline to the Colts over the past month. Nearly 75 percent of the survey’s voters agree, but when it’s all said and done, this is likely one of the worst divisions in the game right now, and no other playoff contenders are going to be scared of them, especially with all of the internal noise going on within the organization right now.