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The ‘Resting Starters Status’ of the Teams that the Colts Will Be Rooting for on Sunday, to Potentially Make the Playoffs

Buffalo Bills v Miami Dolphins Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images

The Indianapolis Colts (10-5) will need a win against the Jacksonville Jaguars (1-14) and some help to receive a potential playoff berth on Sunday, as head coach Frank Reich’s squad is currently on the outside looking into the AFC playoff race.

Specifically, the Colts need the ‘W’ on Sunday and just one of the following AFC teams to lose (denoted in bold):

Miami Dolphins (10-5) at Buffalo Bills (11-3)

Baltimore Ravens (10-5) at Cincinnati Bengals (4-10)

Pittsburgh Steelers (12-3) at Cleveland Browns (10-5)

Tennessee Titans (10-5) at Houston Texans (4-11) [which would win the AFC South for the Colts]

With that being said, ahead of the season finale, most NFL teams already know their destiny and whether they’ll be playing in the playoffs—or hitting the showers at season’s end. With the revamped playoff seeding, the AFC’s #2 seed isn’t nearly as valuable either (nor is homefield advantage with limited fans because of COVID-19).

Playoff teams frequently rest starters or shut down players for the final week that may have been battling through some lingering injuries—as do non-playoff teams for the latter, because there’s no point in gutting it out for essentially a meaningless game.

As such, here’s some recent updates of the AFC teams that the Colts will be watching closely and rooting for to beat those aforementioned playoff hopefuls (Dolphins, Ravens, Browns, and Titans) to see if Indianapolis can sneak into the playoffs after all:


Buffalo Bills v Miami Dolphins Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Miami Dolphins (10-5) at Buffalo Bills (11-3)


NFL: Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Steelers (12-3) at Cleveland Browns (10-5)


Houston Texans v Tennessee Titans Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

Tennessee Titans (10-5) at Houston Texans (4-11)