The AFC South has been one of the worst divisions in the NFL to watch this season. The Houston Texans almost look guaranteed to win the AFC South title, but there is still a possibility that the Indianapolis Colts could sneak in on the last day of the season and steal the crown.
For that to happen, nine things need to take place across the NFL to give the Colts a playoff berth. Originally, they needed ten things to happen, but this was reduced earlier this week thanks to the Denver Broncos defeating the Cincinnati Bengals on Monday night.
The current situation looks like this, via NFL.com: "The Texans' win on Sunday against the Titans gives Houston at least a tie in each of the first five tiebreakers, according to ESPN.com. The Colts need to tie the fifth tiebreaker -- strength of victory -- then come out on top in the sixth tiebreaker, strength of schedule."
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Here are the nine things that need to happen in order for the Colts to reach the playoffs.
They need to win against the Tennessee Titans, the Jacksonville Jaguars to win against the Texans, the Baltimore Ravens win over Bengals, the Buffalo Bills to win against the New York Jets, the Atlanta Falcons to win against the New Orleans Saints, the Broncos to win against the San Diego Chargers, the Miami Dolphins to win against the New England Patriots, the Pittsburgh Steelers to win against the Cleveland Browns, and the Oakland Raiders to win against the Kansas City Chiefs.
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That's a lot of events that need to unfold for the Colts to reach the playoffs, and while it is mathematically possible, the odds are extremely high.
It's fair to say that all these games could go the Colts' way, after all, the majority of teams usually rest their starters in the last game of the regular season to allow time for them to recuperate before the playoffs. However, the clash that looks the least likely to come in is the Dolphins vs Patriots matchup.
So the chances of the Indianapolis-based franchise making the postseason are slim, but this hasn't stopped their head coach Chuck Pagano being optimistic, according to NFL.com
He said: "I had some pretty crazy odds a couple years back," referring to his recovery from acute promyelocytic leukemia in 2012.
Good luck to the Colts, but the odds aren't in their favor.