With time running out in the fourth quarter, the Indianapolis Colts looked hopeless. Fresh off a bye week nothing had changed. The offense was out of sync, the running game non-existent, and the defense an embarrassment.

After his performance on Sunday, Sage Rosenfels has been brushing up for his next gig as a professional ping pong player.

After his performance on Sunday, Sage Rosenfels has been brushing up for his next gig as a professional ping pong player.

Had Houston Texans’ quarterback Sage Rosenfels not engaged in one of the most epic meltdowns in NFL history, the Colts would officially be in panic mode.

 

Perhaps Sunday’s miraculous comeback – in which the Colts scored 21 points and created three turnovers in less than four minutes – will be a turning point for the team. It won’t take long to tell.

This Sunday, the Ravens come to town, a team that runs a league-high 40.2 times a game and boasts the best run defense in the NFL, giving up 64 rushing yards per game.

Indianapolis is the polar opposite, ranking dead last in rushing defense (allowing 188.5 yards per game) and rushing offense (averaging 67.8 yards per game). Something’s got to give.

To navigate their way into the playoffs, the Colts will have to find a way to stand up to brutally physical teams. With the Ravens, Steelers, Jaguars, and a pair of games against the Titans on the schedule, there’s no way around it.

Starting defensive tackles Eric Foster (265 pounds) and Keyunta Dawson (254 pounds) aren’t going to magically put on 40 pounds. Bob Sanders will return in a couple weeks, but the run defense wasn’t much better with him. They just have to find a way to improve.

The Colts’ running game seems to be slowly progressing, but is nowhere near consistent. Dominic Rhodes – a key cog in the team’s Super Bowl run – has been a non-factor, running for less than 10 yards per game.

The team currently has no balance, passing more than twice as much as they run.

Basically, the Colts don’t look like a 2-2 team. They are sitting at .500 thanks to a pair of incredible comebacks and a never-say-die attitude.

But with the Ravens coming to town, the Colts have a chance to defend their homefield, improve to 3-2, stay in the thick of the playoff picture, and turn a corner in what has been a frustrating season.

Baltimore will be dead set on punishing the Colts in the trenches and have the personnel to do it. How will the Colts stop them? Your guess is as good as mine.

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