It is almost unimaginable to think of the NFL Playoffs without Peyton Manning. Sure, we've seen him flame out in the first round before but to miss them entirely. That sounds ridiculous. But the bottom line is this. At 6-5, the Colts are playing catch-up with five teams for the Wild Card slot. And both the Jets and the Patriots are 9-2 while Baltimore and the Steelers are 8-3. That's quite a lot of catching up to do and none of those teams look like they're ready to collapse any time soon. Add to that the numerous injuries the Colts have had this year and the outlook Manning's Indianapolis team is not very good.
As far as I can tell it comes down to this. Beat Jacksonville in three weeks or go home. That's going to be tough considering they have a tough time stopping the run and Jacksonville is a very good running team. Normally I would never bet against Manning, but his receiving corps is so thin and the team so beat up that I don't know if he can do it. Back to back 3 interception games aren't the norm for this future Hall of Famer.