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The Colts Are Winning but Not Good and Other AFC South Must-Reads
Posted By Nate Dunlevy On December 10, 2012 @ 7:35 am In Colts News | No Comments
Despite a gaudy 9-4 record, the Indianapolis Colts  can hardly be considered a “good” football team.
Today’s article of the day comes from Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star  who says that despite their share of magic, the Colts are a good football team.
Of course, as he begins to unpack his presupposition, he’s left with more pixie dust and good feelings than actual talent.
What the Colts are doing in 2012 is remarkable. For fans of the team, it is wonderful.
It is also inexplicable.
Indy rode an amalgam of emotion, clutch play, an easy schedule and some dumb luck all the way to the brink of the postseason, but no one should confuse that mystical mix with the same thing as having a fundamentally good team.
The Colts labored to beat a 4-9 team at home. Since toppling Green Bay  in Week 4, the Colts haven’t beaten a winning team.
The combined record of the next seven teams they beat is 29-62, and they won by a total of 43 points. That’s just over six points a game, and the number is only that high because they beat the Jaguars by 17. The other six wins all game by a touchdown or less.
They’ve lost to both the teams with at least six wins that they played in that stretch.
It’s fun to fall in love with a team. It’s amazing when a group has a special season.
But to call the team good for knocking over a line of soup cans makes no sense.
The truth is the Colts weren’t underestimated at all. The gap between what they are and what they were expected to be isn’t that great. Their record says more about the teams they’ve played than the team they are.
The Colts eeked out four wins over teams that have dramatically underperformed. The difference between the 9-4 team the Colts are and the four- or five-win team they were expected to be is slight.
Don’t tell me that a team that has been outscored by 41 points on the season is “good”.
J.J. Cooper of the Football Outsiders  tracks coverage sacks.
Scott Kacsmar of Cold Hard Football Facts  tracks fumble luck for quarterbacks.
Keith Goldner of the Football Outsiders  considers the impact of the Schiano rule on strategy.
Brian Burke on Deadspin  looks at the impact of the proposed kickoff change.
Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com  compares Andrew Luck and Jake Locker.
Burke begins an assessment of when to intentionally allow a touchdown on Advanced NFL Stats .
The Football Outsiders  post their Audibles at the Line.
Houston Texans 
Robert Mays of Grantland  loves the play of J.J. Watt against the run.
Stephanie Stradley of the Houston Chronicle  interviews Kerry Byrne.
John McClain of the Houston Chronicle  has a pregame guide.
Tania Ganguli of the Houston Chronicle  posts updates on injuries.
McClain says  J.J. Watt has hit new heights.
Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star  says players like playing for Bruce Arians.
Kuharsky says  Reggie Wayne hopes the era of diva wideouts is over.
Phil B. Wilson of the Indianapolis Star  says the playoffs are a lock.
Chappell says  the defense showed up for once.
Conrad Brunner of 1070theFan.com  suggests that whatever the Colts do at halftime is working.
Tennessee Titans 
Andrew Strickert of Total Titans  says fans should be happy the Titans’ record isn’t worse.
Strickert recaps  the Titans’ loss.
David Climer of the Tennessean  says Jake Locker’s play is up and down.
John Glennon of the Tennessean  recounts the Titans’ red-zone woes.
Jacksonville Jaguars 
Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union  calls the Jaguars “helpless”.
Gary Smits of the Florida Times-Union  says fans hoping to see Tebow were disappointed.
Read more Indianapolis Colts  news on BleacherReport.com
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URLs in this post:
 Indianapolis Colts: http://bleacherreport.com/indianapolis-colts
 Indianapolis Star: http://www.indystar.com/article/20121209/SPORTS15/212090370/1058/SPORTS03
 Green Bay: http://bleacherreport.com/green-bay-packers
 Buffalo: http://bleacherreport.com/buffalo-bills
 Detroit: http://bleacherreport.com/detroit-lions
 Football Outsiders: http://www.footballoutsiders.com/under-pressure/2012/under-pressure-play-call-sacks
 Cold Hard Football Facts: http://www.coldhardfootballfacts.com/content/ranking-the-random-fumble-luck-nfl-quarterbacks/19937/
 Football Outsiders: http://www.footballoutsiders.com/stat-analysis/2012/schiano-rule
 Deadspin: http://deadspin.com/5966645/roger-goodell-is-thinking-about-eliminating-kickoffs-how-would-it-affect-nfl-offenses?popular=true
 ESPN.com: http://espn.go.com/blog/afcsouth/post/_/id/44632/luck-colts-win-situational-awareness-and-game
 Advanced NFL Stats: http://www.advancednflstats.com/2012/12/when-to-intentionally-allow-touchdown.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
 Football Outsiders: http://www.footballoutsiders.com/audibles/2012/audibles-line-week-14
 Houston Texans: http://bleacherreport.com/houston-texans
 Grantland: http://www.grantland.com/blog/the-triangle/post/_/id/44528/the-trenchie-awards-some-vintage-john-abraham-and-the-play-of-the-year-from-j-j-watt
 Houston Chronicle: http://blog.chron.com/texanschick/2012/12/patriots-qa-with-kerry-j-byrne-of-cold-hard-football-facts/
 Houston Chronicle: http://blog.chron.com/ultimatetexans/2012/12/texans-guide-to-the-game-against-the-patriots/
 Houston Chronicle: http://blog.chron.com/ultimatetexans/2012/12/rt-derek-newton-out-for-monday-cb-alan-ball-gametime-decision/
 McClain says: http://blog.chron.com/ultimatetexans/2012/12/watt-reaching-new-altitude-with-superb-season/
 Indianapolis Star: http://blogs.indystar.com/coltsinsider/2012/12/07/colts-interim-coach-bruce-arians-has-earned-respect-of-his-players/
 Kuharsky says: http://espn.go.com/blog/afcsouth/post/_/id/44555/reggie-wayne-hopes-era-of-diva-wrs-is-over
 Indianapolis Star: http://blogs.indystar.com/philb/2012/12/09/colts-titans-postgame-playoffs-basically-a-lock-now/
 Chappell says: http://www.indystar.com/article/20121209/SPORTS03/212090373/1058/SPORTS03
 1070theFan.com: http://blogs.1070thefan.com/2012/12/09/whatever-colts-do-at-halftime-its-working/
 Tennessee Titans: http://bleacherreport.com/tennessee-titans
 Total Titans: http://www.totaltitans.com/2012-articles/december/titans-fans-should-be-glad-their-record-isn-t-1-11.html
 Strickert recaps: http://www.totaltitans.com/2012-articles/december/titans-fail-to-hold-halftime-lead-lose-to-colts-27-23.html
 Tennessean: http://www.tennessean.com/article/20121209/SPORTS01/312090084/David-Climer-Locker-s-play-remains-roller-coaster-ride?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CSports%20Tennessee%20Titans
 Tennessean: http://www.tennessean.com/article/20121209/SPORTS01/312090083/Titans-red-zone-blues?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7C
 Jacksonville Jaguars: http://bleacherreport.com/jacksonville-jaguars
 Florida Times-Union: http://jacksonville.com/sports/football/jaguars/2012-12-09/story/helpless-jaguars-have-no-answer-jets-running-game
 Florida Times-Union: http://jacksonville.com/sports/football/jaguars/2012-12-09/story/no-action-tim-tebow-bummer-fans
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