INDIANAPOLIS -- Can the Colts even make the playoffs?
It's not a question anyone thought we'd be asking at the beginning of the season. The Colts made the playoffs in each of Quarterback Andrew Luck's first three seasons – including two AFC South titles – and were considered a serious Super Bowl contender this year.
But, with two regular season games left to go, the Colts' playoff chances now depend just as much on the Houston Texans losing as them scoring two more wins.
On Monday, Colts.com writer Kevin Bowen broke down the three scenarios by which the Colts could conceivably make it into the playoffs:
If the Colts win the next two, and the Texans lose them, Indianapolis finishes 8-8 and takes the AFC South title.
If the Texans lose both remaining games, the Colts could get through on a tiebreaker with just a win over the Tennessee Titans.
The Colts could also win the AFC South with just one more win if the Texans lost the next two and the Jaguars won the next two. Bowen says the Colts' better divisional record would win them the tiebreaker.
Barring those options, there are still a dozen or more tiebreakers that could result in the Colts heading to the playoffs. See Bowen's analysis of those here.