Everybody knew the 2011 Indianapolis Colts were going to be bad, but nobody expected anything quite like this.
Last Sunday night the Colts gave up 62 points to New Orleans, tying the record for the most allowed in a single game since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger.
Granted, they were playing a high-powered Saints offense that had already been pretty dominant this season which, thanks to Sunday’s debacle, is now averaging a ridiculous 467 yards per game.
But 62 points?
The absence of Peyton Manning is no excuse for a performance like that. Turnovers are no excuse for a performance like that. Nothing excuses that kind of behavior, and nothing can be said at this point that would disguise the painful truth: this team just plain sucks.
The questions surrounding the Colts are no longer whether or not they’re really this bad (they clearly are), it’s how much worse could they possibly get and, looking forward, how epically awful will remember them as being when all’s said and done?
Forget trying to figure out whether or not they’ll win this year.
Let’s just blow right past that bump in the road and dare to ask ourselves right now: “Is there any team these guys could beat?”
We may never know the answer, but if there is one chances are you’ll find it on this list.