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FanPulse Week 4: Which winless team is most likely to reach the playoffs? Colts confidence ascends

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The Indianapolis Colts are all set and ready for their Week 4 match-up against the Oakland Raiders in their second home game of the season. Last week the Colts dispatched of the Atlanta Falcons by putting their most efficient and impressive offensive performance of the season thus far.

This week, the Colts are a little banged up, but the team’s confidence, as well as the fan base’s, is continuing to rise with Frank Reich at the helm and a roster that continues to impress.

This week the national question centers around winless teams and their potential to get to the playoffs. We’ll begin there this week before we get to the confidence being placed into the Colts from their fans.

Let’s not beat around the bush and attempt to talk up the Miami Dolphins. They’re awful, and they have exactly zero chance at making the post season. The New York Jets aren’t far in front of them as the AFC East is clearly run by the New England Patriots, and the Buffalo Bills have begun their season 3-0 as well leaving very little hope for either of their chances at a playoff berth.

While the Arizona Cardinals have been better than terrible with Kyler Murray under center, they still aren’t in a beneficial situation with the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers clearly being better teams right now and actually playing like it.

But, from here on out, it gets a little confusing for me.

The Cincinnati Bengals aren’t very good right now, but with the Baltimore Ravens the only franchise showing real potential for their season, it felt like a bit of a coin-flip between them and the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers don’t look so hot either, which is why they are on this list as well, but nationally folks clearly have more faith in what they have to work with in spite of being without Ben Roethlisberger.

I struggle to see why the Denver Broncos have gotten some love on this list either with Joe Flacco as their quarterback, but that may actually be a reason that they still came in second place to the Steelers despite having a very good defense on paper.

This question was bound to be a shot in the dark with a bunch of winless teams. And though it’s possible for one of these teams to make that leap from winless to the postseason, none of these teams appear to be great candidates in the first place.

Now on to the Colts.

The Colts did take a noticeable dip after Andrew Luck retired, naturally. But, they took a slight shot even after winning their Week 2 matchup against the Tennessee Titans. That was odd, but the results after winning at home against the Falcons are not at all surprising.

The Colts’ have officially bounced back in the eyes of their fan base, and with Jacoby Brissett looking like a franchise passer, it’s easy to see why.

The fan base increased their confidence level quite a bit from 84 percent all the way up to 96 percent this week, and with another big victory at home, it’s reasonable to assume the confidence level could continue to rise in Indianapolis.

In fact, the Colts right now, are sitting third among the other NFL franchises only behind the Kansas City Chiefs (obviously), and the 49ers, while sitting right above the Dallas Cowboys (95%).

But what about the Colts’ Week 4 opponents?

Well, as you can imagine, it’s not looking too hot for Raiders’ fans.

Heading into this Sunday’s match-up the Raiders’ fan base took a massive dive down 33 percent from 58 percent to 25 percent. Needless to say, Gruden isn’t inspiring much love from the fans a year before they make their move to Las Vegas.

Similarly, and just for fun let’s take a look at what their loss to the Colts in Week 3 did to the confidence level of Falcons’ fans.

Yuck!!

Unlike some of the other teams near the bottom of the barrel in terms of fan base confidence, the Falcons took a massive hit falling all the way down to 8 percent confidence — 32nd in the league — from 55 percent just one week ago.

Granted, 55 percent isn’t great either, but to fall below the Washington Redskins, the New York Jets, and few others, that is undoubtedly a very sad place to be right now.