The Indianapolis Colts stand at a major crossroads for their franchise that the ramifications just might control their history in the NFL. Since Peyton Manning had his season ending neck surgery done not once, but twice, the hope for the Colts' having any type of winning season has been crushed every week with a string of losses that had totaled 13 straight defeats.
When Tennessee came to town for week 14, something happened with the Colts and specifically two major items turned the Colts around. The defense showed up and Dan Orlovsky had enough playing time to feel almost comfortable in the quarterback position. I just had to look up how to spell Orlovsky's name!
Add to that the fact that Reggie Wayne has been telling Orlovsky to "Throw Left" every chance he gets.
So, now the colts find themselves in a quandary. This week the Colts finish the season (there obviously will be no post season play) in Jacksonville playing for absolutely nothing. Jacksonville isn't going into post season play. The Colts, however, are playing for the first pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. If the Colts loose, they win! They will be able to draft Andrew Luck. Luck is the most heralded quarterback to enter the NFL draft since, well...Peyton Manning. The experts claim Luck is a natural and a shoe-in to become a great NFL QB. But those same pundits also claimed Brian Leaf who was drafted just behind Manning would be great as well. If the Colts win, do they lose? Perhaps not, Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III of Baylor would be a great choice. Griffin is much more than a passer, he is cut from the same mold as Cam Newton who is an odd on favorite to win the NFL Rookie of the Year.
So I see it as the Colts' can't lose. They win, they win, the lose they win. This truly is a win-win situation. You can add an extra win into the mix if Manning gets healthy and leads the Colts to a much easier schedule in 2012 based on their 2011 season.