Indianapolis Colts Shock Fans with Playoffs Talk as Bye Week Approaches

The Indianapolis Colts embraced a rebuilding phase, featuring a rookie quarterback and first-time head coach to start the season. Despite injuries and contract disputes, the team refused to write off the season after three consecutive playoff misses. Two-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle DeForest Buckner expressed confidence in their playoff push despite the team’s injuries and the need for recovery before making a potential playoffs run. The team was surprised at having conversations about playoffs in the summer. Coach Shane Steichen praised the resilience and belief in the team’s ability to win games despite challenges. The Colts faced a rollercoaster season with quarterback Gardner Minshew taking over as the starter after Anthony Richardson’s injury. They also dealt with the absence and eventual return of top rusher Jonathan Taylor, who initially missed games due to surgery and contract disputes. The team’s defense, led by defensive end Kwity Paye, has seen improvement in recent weeks after struggling in October games. The Colts’ favorable schedule and improved offensive performance with Minshew as the starting quarterback have put them in the postseason hunt. Tight end Mo Alie-Cox highlighted the team’s momentum going into the bye week and their strong position to continue their postseason push.