Will the Colts make the playoffs?

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Jim Mora: As big of a fan as I am of the Colts organization and Peyton Manning, I still believe it will be tough for the Colts to make the playoffs.

Manning doesn't seem to have the rapport with his current group of receivers that he is used to having; he misses Dallas Clark and others he had built up great synergy with. He looks to be pressing too much right now and is trying to do it all by himself, which results in mistakes he usually doesn't make.

Jacksonville is also playing good football right now. They're running the ball, playing well on defense and are very sound in special teams.

I believe this will come down to the game in a couple of weeks in Indianapolis. The Jaguars always play the Colts tough and if they can come out of Indy with a win, this will be the first year since 2001 that the Colts sit at home for the playoffs.


Brian Billick: It's so uncharacteristic to see the Colts self-destruct with the turnovers. Peyton Manning has 11 interceptions in the last three games, including four pick-sixes.

It's an uphill battle, and clearly we won't see a wild card come out of the AFC South.

You have to give Jacksonville credit. I'm not quite sure how they're doing it, as their turnover and explosion ratios are high. But they're playing good, tough football. They're not afraid to play the Colts. But, they have to go to Indianapolis. I have to believe that Manning is going to rebound.

It's difficult for me to believe that the Jaguars are capable of running the table, including a win in Indy. But I think the Colts, with who they're playing, have an opportunity to do just that. If you're asking whether Manning and the Colts can run the table and in doing so beat Jacksonville, I think they can.



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