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With their run defense a shambles, and the Colts losing all three of their division road games -- at Tennessee, at Jacksonville and at Houston -- all the hand-wringing in Indianapolis is well-founded.Just a few paragraphs before he talks about the Bears
But it is possible we're all over-dramatizing the state of affairs for Tony Dungy's team, which lost on a last-second 60-yard field goal at Tennessee and a 48-yarder at Houston. The Colts, in other words, were dangerously close to being 13-2 and entering Week 17 in possession of the AFC's No. 1 seed, based on a better conference record than San Diego.
Just a reminder that sometimes when it seems like the sky is falling, it's actually a case of low-level clouds.
Top-seeded Chicago struggled to beat lightweights Tampa Bay and Detroit (six wins between them) the past two weeks, and is considered a good bet to be the least regarded 14-2 team in league history.
Does anyone else find it strange how the Bears who did happen to win when struggling are considered a poor team, while the Colts are considered a good team that was just unlucky.
The real difference between the two teams is that the Bears are a defensive team that has won with defense, while the Colts are an offensive team that has not been able to keep up with the points their defense gives up. Even in the Colts big wins, they give up lots of points. I'd much rather have a strong defense that can keep the game in reach of my offense, or for themselves, as they did with the Arizona Cardinals game.