For the Indianapolis Colts, the 2008 season will mark the end of a memorable run. Their streak of five consecutive division titles … done. Building on their NFL-record five-consecutive 12-win seasons … not going to happen.

If the Colts don't get it together they'll miss the playoffs in what could be Tony Dungy's final season.

If the Colts don't get it together they'll miss the playoffs in what could be Tony Dungy's final season.

Regular season accomplishments are nice, but in the end, making the postseason is all that really matters. And for a team whose season has been nothing short of a train-wreck by their standards, the postseason is still well within reach for the Colts thanks to a weak AFC field.

The Colts are currently amongst a pack of 3-4 teams that sit just a game behind the 4-3 Ravens and NY Jets for the final wild card spot in the AFC.

To earn that playoff birth, the Colts need to get to 9-7 at the very least. Even though these aren’t your big brother’s Colts, it seems within reach.

Here’s how 9-7 works.

First, the Colts need to split their next two games — home against the Patriots and at Pittsburgh.

Next, they must take two of their next three contests — home against Houston, at San Diego, and at Cleveland.

Nothing in the equation works if they don’t follow that stretch up with two home wins against Cincinnati and Detroit.

Finally, they must finish with a split of their final two games — at Jacksonville and home against the Titans.

Nine wins is no guarantee, but the way things look now, it could make the possibility of a playoff berth a coin flip.

Of course, none of this matters if the Colts don’t start playing better. To right the ship, three things are essential.

1. Bob Sanders must stay on the field

Sanders may return for the Patriots game this Sunday. When he returns is secondary. For the Colts to make the playoffs Sanders must stay on the field for the remainder of the season after he returns. To call the probability of that happening 50/50 would be generous.

2. O-line has to remain intact

The Colts offensive line played well in Sunday’s loss to the Titans. Peyton Manning wasn’t sacked and the team showed a semblance of a running game, amassing a season-high (don’t laugh) 94 rushing yards. Ryan Lilja’s return to his spot at left guard doesn’t seem likely, so the offensive line the Colts ran with on Sunday has to stick for the offense to get back on track.

3. Peyton has to get back to being Peyton

Call it the knee. Call it the lack of training camp and preseason. Whatever you call it; Peyton Manning currently has the 22nd best passer rating in the league. His nine interceptions are the third most in the NFL. Not going to cut it.