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INDIANAPOLIS – It’s fair to say the Colts have probably played better than their 1-4 record indicates.
But the reality of the NFL in 2018 is this: The Colts are one of just two AFC Teams to have fewer than two wins through the first five weeks of the season.
The Colts and the Raiders are the only AFC teams at 1-4 (or 0-5) with mid-October here.
In three of the Colts four losses, they’ve held leads in the final quarter or overtime, and had multiple chances to finish off those games.
“I can’t go away from the old adage, you are what your record says you are,” Frank Reich says. “The bottom line is that we just have to continue to get better. We have to clean things up and play winning football.
“We are still very excited about the football left this year. There’s a lot of football left and I couldn’t be more excited about it.”
Reich isn’t the only one excited about what lies ahead on the immediate horizon.
Fans have certainly seen the favorable schedule awaiting the Colts.
Let’s start with October.
The Colts have three remaining games before their bye week and those three teams (Jets, Bills, Raiders) are a combined 5-10.
In the next two weeks, the Colts will face rookie quarterbacks (Sam Darnold-Jets and Josh Allen-Bills) before traveling to Oakland.
For the Colts to return from their early November bye week believing the playoffs are still somewhat of a possibility, they really need at least two of the next three games to go their way.
Then in November, the Colts will have all 3 of their games inside of Lucas Oil Stadium.
They will pick back up their AFC South slate of games with the Jaguars and Titans, before welcoming the Dolphins to Indianapolis.
On paper, that is one of the more manageable six-game stretches you could expect.
Four of the six games are at home and no perennial top-10 quarterback awaits the Colts in any of those contests.
Of course, while the schedule isn’t too daunting, the Colts have left themselves virtually no margin for error in starting 1-4.
“We have a chance to kind of regroup here,” Reich says. “Get hopefully a few guys healthy. Get a right frame of mind before we got this stretch going into the bye and always taking the approach like every team, but really just emphasizing the approach of all that matters is 1-0.
“It’s all that matters, the records don’t matter, whether we were 4-1 or 1-4 does not matter, it’s 1-0. That’s what we have to focus on and that’s what we have to do this week.”
Colts Remaining Schedule
-at Raiders (1-4)
-at Jaguars (3-2)
-at Texans (2-3)
-at Titans (3-2)