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It Doesn’t Matter If the Colts Are “For Real” and Other AFC South Must-Reads
Posted By Nate Dunlevy On November 12, 2012 @ 8:18 am In Colts News | No Comments
Sometimes, the right answer is still wrong.
Today’s article of the day comes from the website Sports Skeptic  in which the author claims the 2012 Colts are an illusion.
Now, I’m sure the author believes the Colts actually possess corporeal form and are not created by special effects or tricks of light. By illusion, he simply means that the Colts are not a particularly talented team and are unlikely to wield much influence come playoff time.
His arguments are perfectly sound, and it would be foolish to dispute any of them. The Colts have played an easy schedule, they are not sound defensively and have obvious limitations on offense.
As technically correct as the author is, however, he misses one critical fact.
None of that matters.
The Colts are going to make the playoffs.
The problem is that they play in a conference devoid of quality football teams. Losses by the Dolphins  and Chargers  over the weekend only further the case that Indianapolis is playoff-bound almost by default.
At this rate, the Colts likely only need nine wins, and possibly as few as eight, to earn a postseason berth.
Real or not, the weak schedule that carried the Colts to 6-3 will continue to pit them against beatable teams, in large part because that’s all there is in the AFC.
For a young team fully expecting to struggle in their first year, this is an incredible result. Obviously, the playoffs are unlikely to be kind to a flawed Colts team, and if even if they win a game ala the  2010 Seattle Seahawks , no one honestly thinks they will be championship contenders this season.
Are the Colts for real? Existential questions aside, the answer is simple.
They are as real as it gets for AFC wild card contenders.
Keith Goldner of Advanced NFL Stats  investigates fakes on fourth down.
Scott Kacsmar of Cold Hard Football Facts  uses the first half of the season to predict the second.
The Football Outsiders  post their Audibles column.
Houston Texans 
Chase Stuart of Football Perspective  investigates what we can learn from Gary Kubiak’s career.
Jerome Solomon of the Houston Chronicle  says the outcome was no surprise.
John McClain of the Houston Chronicle  calls it a performance to remember.
Tania Ganguli of the Houston Chronicle  says it was a happy homecoming for Danieal Manning.
Indianapolis Colts 
Zak Keefer of the Indianapolis Star  breaks down Darius Butler’s big night.
Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports  believes Luck gained credibility with teammates from a tackle.
Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star  says the Colts got a long weekend.
Tennessee Titans 
Tom Gower of Total Titans  says the Titans put up their best performance of the year.
David Climer of the Tennessean  thinks the Titans look like they could finish 8-8 after all.
John Glennon of the Tennessean  called the defense “Bear-like.”
Jacksonville Jaguars 
Gene Frenette of the Florida Times-Union  grades the Jaguars harshly, but accurately.
Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union  says that Mike Mularkey is sorry for his outburst.
Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union  believes Mularkey will stick with Blaine Gabbert.
Read more Indianapolis Colts  news on BleacherReport.com
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URLs in this post:
 Sports Skeptic: http://sportskeptic.wordpress.com/2012/11/09/the-colts-are-an-illusion/
 Dolphins: http://bleacherreport.com/miami-dolphins
 Chargers: http://bleacherreport.com/san-diego-chargers
 even if they win a game ala the: http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/sea/2010.htm
 Seattle Seahawks: http://bleacherreport.com/seattle-seahawks
 Advanced NFL Stats: http://www.advancednflstats.com/2012/11/to-fake-or-not-to-fake-fourth-down.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
 Cold Hard Football Facts: http://www.coldhardfootballfacts.com/content/predicting-the-second-half-nfl-season-using-the-first-half/19151/
 The Football Outsiders: http://www.footballoutsiders.com/audibles/2012/audibles-line-week-10
 Houston Texans: http://bleacherreport.com/houston-texans
 ESPN.com: http://espn.go.com/blog/afcsouth/post/_/id/43473/texans-silence-chicago-this-chicago-that
 Bears: http://bleacherreport.com/chicago-bears
 Football Perspective: http://www.footballperspective.com/what-can-we-learn-from-gary-kubiaks-career-in-houston/
 Houston Chronicle: http://blog.chron.com/ultimatetexans/2012/11/solomon-defensive-demolition-no-surprise-at-all/
 Houston Chronicle: http://blog.chron.com/ultimatetexans/2012/11/mcclain-a-performance-to-remember-for-texans/
 Houston Chronicle: http://blog.chron.com/ultimatetexans/2012/11/danieal-manning-has-happy-homecoming/
 Indianapolis Colts: http://bleacherreport.com/indianapolis-colts
 Indianapolis Star: http://www.indystar.com/interactive/article/20121109/SPORTS03/121109032/Anatomy-Play-How-Colts-Darius-Butler-sealed-Thursday-s-27-10-rout-Jacksonville
 Yahoo! Sports: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nfl--qb-turned-tackler-andrew-luck-draws-high-praise-from-colts-teammates-after-int08111398.html
 Indianapolis Star: http://www.indystar.com/article/20121109/SPORTS03/211090365/Colts-get-three-day-weekend-before-prepping-Patriots-test
 Tennessee Titans: http://bleacherreport.com/tennessee-titans
 Total Titans: http://www.totaltitans.com/2012-articles/november/titans-take-advantage-of-breaks-to-blow-out-dolphins-37-3.html
 Tennessean: http://www.tennessean.com/article/20121111/SPORTS01/311110084/Climer-Titans-back-8-8-track?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CSports%20Tennessee%20Titans&nclick_check=1
 Tennessean: http://www.tennessean.com/article/20121111/SPORTS01/311110082/Titans-play-Bear-like-defense?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7C
 Jacksonville Jaguars: http://bleacherreport.com/jacksonville-jaguars
 Florida Times-Union: http://members.jacksonville.com/premium/sports/football/jaguars/2012-11-11/story/jaguars-midterm-report-bottom-class
 Florida Times-Union: http://jacksonville.com/sports/football/jaguars/2012-11-10/story/jaguars-notebook-coach-mike-mularkey-laments-outburst
 Florida Times-Union: http://jacksonville.com/sports/football/jaguars/2012-11-10/story/jaguars-coach-mike-mularkey-says-hes-sticking-blaine
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