This season the Indianapolis Colts lost star quarterback Peyton Manning for the entire campaign, and the team won only two games, and ended up firing head coach Jim Caldwell. This article, however, imagines what would have happened if Manning did not miss the season with a neck injury, and had played in all 16 games for the Colts.
First, instead of finishing with a 2-14 record, the Indianapolis Colts would have finished the season with a 12-4 mark. I think that Indianapolis’ losses would have come from the New England Patriots, the Baltimore Ravens, New Orleans Saints, and the Houston Texans. Additionally, Manning passes for 5,000 yards and 40 touchdowns, while only throwing five interceptions.
If, Indianapolis won those games, it would have changed the overall records of Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Kansas City, Cincinnati, Tennessee, Atlanta, Jacksonville and Carolina. Due to the changes to overall records, the Playoff match-ups would have been ...