Colts conduct to Miami in risk of blank playoffs
December 24, 2015 - Picnic Time
The Indianapolis Colts’ scenarios for probable playoff rejecting this weekend engage 8 games around a NFL, dual tiebreaker calculations, and maybe a partridge in a pear tree.
Yes, it’s complicated. But a primary reason for a Colts’ unsafe state is simple: Andrew Luck is still out.
Indianapolis’ quarterback hasn’t perceived medical clearway to lapse from a ripped kidney and a partially ripped abdominal muscle, and he’ll skip his sixth uninterrupted diversion Sunday opposite a Miami Dolphins.
Three waste in a quarrel have pushed a two-time fortifying AFC South champion Colts (6-8) to a margin of elimination, while a Dolphins (5-9) were out of a playoff competition a week ago.
Here are things to know about a matchup between dual of a league’s many unsatisfactory teams:
PLAYOFF SCENARIOS: The Colts mislaid control of their destiny and fell a diversion behind AFC South personality Houston when they mislaid during home to a Texans final week. The Colts will skip a playoffs for usually a second time in 14 years if they remove Sunday and a Texans win during Tennessee.
Indy could kick Miami and still be knocked out of a race, depending on other games.
“I don’t know what’s going to occur in any other city in any other stadium,” manager Chuck Pagano said. “We usually need to win, given we don’t wish to lay behind and go, ‘Oh damn, we didn’t know this was going to occur or that was going to happen.’ Anything can happen.”
QB CAROUSEL: With Luck out and backup Matt Hasselbeck also hurting, Indy’s abyss is being exceedingly tested. The usually healthy quarterback on a register is Charlie Whitehurst, who subbed in any of a past 3 games given of injuries to Hasselbeck.
Hasselbeck is approaching to start Sunday, though what happens if he and Whitehurst are both sidelined? Pagano half-jokingly talked about a probability of punter Pat McAfee backing adult as a puncture quarterback.
NEXT YEAR’S COACH: Dolphins halt manager Dan Campbell is 4-6 given replacing Joe Philbin and doubtful to lapse subsequent season. Speculation about a subsequent manager has enclosed Pagano, whose destiny in Indy is in doubt.
“I don’t even go there,” pronounced Pagano, a leukemia survivor. “Going by my conflict with cancer unequivocally taught me to be beholden and beholden for today, and that’s what we worry about — today. If we get tomorrow, I’ll worry about tomorrow.”
PARKING CARS: Colts receivers Andre Johnson and T.Y. Hilton are Miami locals who done income flourishing adult by parking cars during Dolphins games.
Hilton helped lift income for uniforms for his girl basketball team.
“I never was a Dolphin fan,” he said. “I used to go to a games and work on a outside.”
Johnson lived nearby a stadium.
“I used to park cars during my auntie’s residence to make a small income on a weekends,” he said. “We used to park cars in her yard given she was so tighten to a stadium.”
Johnson has scored 5 touchdowns in 6 games opposite a Dolphins, including 3 games in Miami. He pronounced he distributed 190 tickets for Sunday’s diversion to friends and family.
Hilton’s family will also be examination — with divided loyalties.
“This is a one diversion that we usually can’t lose, generally with all uncles and aunties (that are) Miami Dolphin fans,” he said. “Next time we have that family reunion, family picnic, family dinner, we wish to be means to talk.”
MILESTONE WATCH: The Colts’ Adam Vinatieri needs one margin idea to join Morten Andersen and Gary Anderson as a usually players in joining story with 500 career margin goals. He needs 9 points to extend his joining record of 100-point seasons to 18.
Hasselbeck needs one TD pass to mangle a tie with Y.A. Tittle and Terry Bradshaw (212) for No. 30 all-time and dual to tie John Brodie (214) for No. 29.
Colts using behind Frank Gore needs 93 yards from struggle to pass Hall of Famer Jerome Bettis (15,111) for No. 20 in joining history. He needs 121 yards rushing to turn a 15th actor with 15,000 yards on a ground.
Jarvis Landry needs 3 receptions to turn a initial Dolphins actor with 100 catches in a season.
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