So let me get this straight. Last week, the Indianapolis Colts went down to play division rival Houston. The Texans were reeling having lost five straight and were starting rookie quarterback Case Keenum. Therefore this had to have been an easy Colts’ victory right? Oh the Colts won the game alright but it took a massive comeback and the Texans’ losing their head coach at halftime to do it.
Either way you slice it, the victory was an impressive one for the Colts.
Fast forward to yesterday. The Colts are playing at home and with a lot of emotion coming off that comeback win over a rival that they basically gave last rites to and they host the St. Louis Rams. The Rams aren’t terrible by any stretch but they have lost QB Sam Bradford for the season leaving them with Kellen Clemens.
As any red-blooded American would do prior to this game, I didn’t hesitate in making sure that I selected Indy to win this one. I didn’t hesitate one bit.
Imagine my surprise when I’m watching the locally televised game and I see the score coming from Indianapolis. 7-0 Rams. OK, tough start for the Colts…. 14-0 Rams. Wow, must be some lucky bounces going the Rams’ way I guess. 21-0 and then 28-0 and then 35-0…. What the hell was going on in the Lucas Oil Stadium an under .500 team was putting an absolute whooping on the AFC South Division leaders?
The final was 38-8. I’m sure Colts’ owner Jim Irsay has already taken to Twitter to apologize for his team’s pathetic performance and if he hasn’t its coming you can be sure of that.
This is the National Football League today my friends.
What happened to the Colts was really quite simple. A strip sack and return for TD by Chris Long was then followed by a 1-yard TD run by Zac Stacy and then that was followed by a 98-yard punt return for TD by Tavon Austin. Austin would tack on a couple of receiving touchdowns for good measure.
Still not convinced that this season is becoming as wacky as any recent history? Take a look at the standings.
Start in the NFC where in the North, the Detroit Lions are leading following a dramatic win in Chicago today. Yes, I said, “Detroit Lions.” This team was 0-16 five years ago and the thought of them winning on the road was absurd. They’ve beaten the Bears twice this season so they own the tie-breaker and the Packers, sans Aaron Rodgers, are now in third place.
The NFC South is now a two-team race with New Orleans being pressured by Carolina who won in San Francisco 10-9. Notice I didn’t mention Atlanta? The Falcons, a Super Bowl favorite of many, are 2-7.
The NFC West is holding true with Seattle and San Francisco at the top but Arizona and St. Louis cannot be taken lightly and the NFC East is a heap of mediocrity at best.
The AFC races are much more in line with traditional thinking with a couple of exceptions.
Traditional power Pittsburgh finds itself in the cellar of the North with a 3-6 record and defending Super Bowl Champ Baltimore needed an overtime win over leader Cincinnati to stay a game up on the Steelers.
With Denver’s win at San Diego, the showdown is now set between the Broncos who are 8-1 and the Kansas City Chiefs who are 9-0. I mentioned the South where Indy is the only team over .500. Jacksonville made sure of that with their first win yesterday over Tennessee.
In the East you have the Pats and surprising Jets and maybe the Dolphins? I say that because who knows how this ‘bullying issue’ will turn out.
Parity has taken over this league and to a point where I don’t know any of us truly expected. With seven weeks remaining, you’d better buckle in because it’s going to be a bumpy ride.