Why NFL Week 10 Played out Perfectly for Indianapolis Colts

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Why NFL Week 10 Played out Perfectly for Indianapolis Colts
Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts are on the fast track to a 2012 NFL playoffs appearance after a spectacular NFL Week 10 played perfectly into their hands in the Wild Card race. 

The Colts entered Week 10 in the thick of the Wild Card race, second only to the surging Houston Texans in the AFC south. 

Indianapolis traveled to Jacksonville to take on another AFC South resident in the form of the now-1-8 Jaguars. Luck and Co. dispatched of the Jaguars 27-10 behind two rushing touchdowns from Luck, moving the Colts' record to 6-3. 

Sunday, a few contenders for the vaunted Wild Card spot lost, which allowed the Colts to move two games ahead of other teams in the race for the postseason. 

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The Miami Dolphins suffered a massive defeat at the hands of the struggling Tennessee Titans by a score of 37-3, which moved the Dolphins' record to 4-5. The AFC East is now being dominated by the New England Patriots with each other team well below .500. 

Another Wild Card contender, the San Diego Chargers, was put down by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers today to bring their record to below .500 at 4-5. San Diego is far and away the only team in the AFC West with a shot of contending for a Wild Card, but after Week 10 things aren't looking good. 

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The biggest threats to the Colts at this point are the teams residing in the AFC North. The Baltimore Ravens are ruling the division with ease, but the Pittsburgh Steelers are coming on strong, and the pesky Cincinnati Bengals are turning things around. 

Pittsburgh is sitting in a similar position as the Colts at 5-3, with a matchup against the NFL's worst team—the Kansas City Chiefs—looming on Monday Night Football. The Bengals just shocked the New York Giants and are now back in the hunt at 4-5. 

Even with the Bengals slightly back in the playoff scheme, the Colts had a great Week 10. Indianapolis beat a team it was supposed to beat, which is what championship-caliber teams are supposed to do. 

The Texans are currently at 7-1 at the top of the AFC South, but the Colts get two shots at the division leader in Weeks 15 and 17. At that point we could be talking about much more than just a Wild Card for the rebuilding Colts. 

For all the adversity the Colts are going through with a rookie quarterback, a revamped roster and head coach Chuck Pagano absent as he battles cancer, Week 10 was yet another great week for Indianapolis in what could be a shocking run to the postseason in 2012. 

 

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