According to Mike Chappell, and to the current AFC standings, the Colts are right on the verge of - brace yourselves - a playoff conversation. A break down of this year's AFC, through 7 weeks of play:
1. Houston (6-1)2. Baltimore (5-2)3. New England (4-3)4. Denver (3-3)5. San Deigo (3-3)6. Miami (3-3)7. Pittsburgh (3-3)8. Indianapolis (3-3)9. New York Jets (3-4)10. Tennessee (3-4)11. Buffalo (3-4)12. Cincinnati (3-4)13. Oakland (2-4)14. Jacksonville (1-5)15. Kansas City (1-5)16. Cleveland (1-6)What it means to me: the AFC is disturbingly bad this year. Baltimore fell flat against Houston, New England's beaten Buffalo, Denver, New York, and Tennessee - a lot of 'good' teams there - while going 0-2 in interconference play. In fact, the only AFC teams to boast winning records against the NFC are Indy, Pittsburgh, and Cincy; the conference on a whole is a combined 9-19. Three over-.500 teams.The NFC has eight.If there's a year for the Colts to be bad, but unpredictable, it's this year. Imagine them with a defense, for instance. Doesn't that seem like a possible sleeper? I mean, a full linebacking squad, and more than one regular starter on the d-line ... if they heal up, I could almost see them making it. Almost.We'll see.