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The Indianapolis Colts play the Miami Dolphins in Week 9, and who would've thought that, at the beginning of the season, there would be playoff implications?
Despite this, just remember that a lot of that has to do with how weak the AFC actually is (notice how there are more AFC teams than NFC teams).
While the Colts have been a great story this season, they are not without their flaws. The first one being their run defense.
It doesn't exist, not one bit. They're ranked 27th in the league in defending the running game, allowing 137.4 yards per game. Their pass defense is in the top 10, however, a lot of that is predicated on their schedule.
While they did do well against Aaron Rodgers when they pulled off their upset of the Packers in Week 5, their quarterback strength of schedule does leave much to be desired. Expect that ranking to drop as their schedule gets tougher, with games against Matthew Stafford, Tom Brady and Matt Schaub (who they have to play twice).
Also here's something else to think about, especially in comparison to their Week 9 opponents.
Miami was able to do alright with Tannehill hurt against the Jets. Matt Moore has proven himself to be a serviceable emergency quarterback when he's needed (he's 7-6 in two seasons with the Dolphins). And the Dolphins defense was able to dominate (it was the Jets, but still, it counts for something).
Who's Indianapolis' backup quarterback if, God forbid, Andrew Luck goes down with an injury?
Drew Stanton. That's not particularly bad, but it just goes to show that Luck needs to be protected. Indianapolis is pretty lucky that he hasn't gone down yet and better hope (much like Miami with Tannehill) that he doesn't hit a rookie wall sometime this season.
That's because, outside of Andrew Luck, the Colts really don't have much else going for them. As he goes, so goes the Colts.