ESPN's 10 Questions about the AFC playoffs had a pessimistic section on the Colts:
- "4. Can the Colts continue to surprise? As inspirational as the Colts have been this season, they're playing at an entirely different level this week. The emotional edge they gained by playing for sidelined coach Chuck Pagano most of the year won't mean as much when their opponents raise their own intensity level in the postseason. Remember, the Colts have only three wins over teams with winning records this season. Their offense also has nine starters who have never appeared in a postseason game, including four rookies. So, although the long-term future looks extremely bright in Indianapolis -- especially with first-year quarterback Andrew Luck growing up so quickly -- this coming weekend might not be nearly as much fun to watch."
That part about the Colts only winning three games against winning opponents stuck in my craw. After all, there were only six winning teams in the AFC, all of which made the playoffs. So, that "3 wins against winning teams" has to be true of just about every team in the AFC. So, I looked at the Pats, and, sure enough, they have the same 3-3 record as the Colts against winning teams. Colts: wins against Hou, Minn, and GB, losses against HOU, NE, and Chic. NE: wins against Hou, Indy, and Denver, losses against SF, SEA, and Balt. Baltimore only seems to have won two games against winning opponents (NE and NYG). The Ravens lost to Hou, Washington, Denver, and Cincy, leading to a 2-4 record against winning teams. Wonder why they key on the Colts when it comes to this issue about only beating three winning teams? Ridiculous!