Going into today’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Indianapolis Colts only needed to beat the NFL’s worst team to clinch the playoffs. Now it looks like they could miss the playoffs altogether.
The Jaguars lead the Colts 26-3 with less than 10 minutes remaining in the game. A loss to the Jaguars would put the Colts on the brink of playoff elimination. They would need several very specific teams to lose in order to avoid spending mid-January at home.
The culprits for the potential loss are on both sides of the ball. Indy’s defense can’t stop rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence, and their offense is committing big turnovers in key spots.
The NFL world can hardly believe what’s unfolding at TIAA Bank Field today. Indy were favored by two touchdowns and now they could miss the playoffs.
And fans on Twitter aren’t afraid to remind the Colts at every turn:
There Wentz the Colts’ playoff chances.
— Brandon Walker (@BWalkerSEC) January 9, 2022
The Colts losing a win-and-in game to a 2-14 franchise with fans wearing clown wigs would be one of the most embarrassing losses since the merger.
— Kevin Clark (@bykevinclark) January 9, 2022
Colts fans: “All we have to do is beat the Jags to get into the playoffs? That’s easy money right?”
The Colts: pic.twitter.com/t92CvcUZhw
— BetMGM 🦁 (@BetMGM) January 9, 2022
If the Colts can't beat the Jaguars with a playoff spot on the line, the Colts have no business being in the playoffs. pic.twitter.com/g6Iypue4j2
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) January 9, 2022
The Indianapolis Colts started the season at 0-3 but got hot in the middle of the season, rising to 9-6 after Week 16 with a win over the Arizona Cardinals.
But a loss to the Raiders last weekend kept them from clinching the playoffs ahead of time. Now they’re on the verge of elimination.
The blame may fall on the shoulders of quarterback Carson Wentz, who suffered six of his seven losses due to the problem that plagued him last year with the Philadelphia Eagles: Turnovers.
And two turnovers today could spell the end for Wentz’s first season with the Colts.
What a season this has been.