OK, no offense to any Purdue alums or Curtis Painter fans out there, but the headline of this article is a joke.
I went to Indiana University so I may tend to be a bit critical, but even my Boilermaker fiancé agrees that Painter-playing-time equals an instant loss for the Indianapolis Colts.
But maybe that isn't such a bad thing, and maybe the Colts should use him sooner rather than later. I realize that there is absolutely no chance that Bill Polian and Jim Caldwell actually utilize the strategy that I am suggesting in this article, but wouldn't it be better for the Colts to lose to the Broncos and sew up home-field advantage in the following weeks?
It may not really matter, but Denver is a game behind the San Diego Chargers in the AFC West right now, and I would feel much more comfortable with an Indy-Denver matchup in the playoffs.
The Chargers have three difficult games in a row: at Dallas, home against the Bengals, and away against the resurgent Tennessee Titans. They probably aren't going to miss the playoffs, but if they were relegated to the wild card and had to win a first round playoff game on the road, there would be a better chance that the Colts wouldn't have to play them.
The Broncos have two relatively easy games against the Chiefs and the Raiders left on their schedule, and their only difficult game other than this Sunday's matchup against the Colts is a road game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
So, maybe the Colts should give Painter some work this Sunday and put the starters back in next week. It might seem like a risky proposition but as a Colts fan, I just don't worry about playing the Broncos.
Because of the recent history between the two teams, I feel like a home playoff game against Denver would be the opposite of a Curtis Painter start: an instant victory. It's just like when the Colts play the Ravens; the Vegas odds are going to be close, but I can put my mortgage on Indy without breaking a sweat.
I wouldn't feel nearly as confident going against the Chargers in the playoffs, even if the game is at Lucas Oil Stadium.
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