Culpepper hasn’t even practiced this week. His shoulder is hurt and we are left to wonder if he’ll even play again this season.
But in a season filled with excitement and wonder, it can be shocking to find ourselves exactly where we were a few weeks ago. Orlovsky has the start and Drew Stanton waits in the wings, both having had a few weeks to recover from their respective injuries, Stanton’s concussion symptoms and Orlovsky’s hand injury.
Sadly there is no point in creating a hulabaloo about anything, the Lions are heading into the wolves den this week (uh… Horse’s stable?). The Colts are in a tight AFC division that is extremely unforgiving at this point. A loss means 2 things:
a) you just lost to the worst team in football history, thereby allowing them to join the ranks of last year Dolphins and previous Lion’s teams as only one of the worst teams instead of the worst ever
b) Probably no playoffs. A loss would mean the Colts snapping a 6 game win streak and forfeiting the opportunity to control their own destiny. With a few games left, if you can win the next three there is equal pressure on your opponent to win them all in the coming three weeks (and there’s quite a few teams tied or waiting for someone to screw up so they can move up a slot with a win on that side of the League in the wildcard race.
So that typical “well you never know, it’s the Lions afterall” scenario we’ve seen isn’t going to happen. There is no way the Lions can play spoiler here, not just because they lack the talent and ability to take a game over and earn a win on the road, but also because the Colts are going to come into this contest focused and eager to take advantage of a team that simply isn’t as good as them.
By all accounts, the Colts are playing the way the Giants played it last year when they took it all: a rocky and rough first half of the season and a hot streak that came at just the right time to allow them to have a strong finish. Can they ride it all the way to the Super Bowl like the Giants did?