The Colts remain as the NFL’s only team without a victory through Week 10, and it’s going to stay that way for a little while longer, as they head into their bye this week.
Indy doesn’t exactly have an easy go of it after the bye, either. The Colts host Cam Newton‘s Panthers before visiting the Patriots and Ravens. Then, they’ll close the regular season with three divisional games against teams that have already beaten them — the Titans (27-10 in Week 8), Texans (34-7 in Week 1, when quarterback Matt Schaub was healthy, but running back Arian Foster wasn’t) and Jaguars (17-3 in Week 10).
It seems like plenty of Colts fans have already invested in their Andrew Luck jerseys, and now that the Colts have a two-game cushion in the race for the top pick in the NFL draft (no other teams have less than two victories) for the first time this season, it looks like they’ll be in position to take the Stanford quarterback.
If the Colts want Luck, they could have a run of success at the position that could mirror the 49ers with Joe Montana and Steve Young and the Packers with Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers.
Let’s break down the top of the Suck for Luck standings through Week 10.
Colts (0-10): Luck is supposed to be great, but can he also work in the front office? Wide receiver Reggie Wayne, center Jeff Saturday, defensive end Robert Mathis, defensive tackle Eric Foster, wide receiver Pierre Garcon and wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez will all be free agents after this season. Defensive end Dwight Freeney and wide receiver Austin Collie will be free agents after 2012.
Rams (2-7): They wouldn’t take Luck, but head coach Steve Spagnuolo would love to add a high draft pick to spark his team, providing he’s not fired after this season.
Panthers (2-7): Same with the Rams, the Panthers wouldn’t draft Luck, but they’re an extremely thin team that needs help at the top of the draft.
Dolphins (2-7): With two consecutive victories for Tony Sparano‘s Dolphins, would it be possible for the organization’s ownership group to actually fire him for turning the season around and sabotaging their chances at Luck? Before you write off how ridiculous that sounds, watch Any Given Sunday or Major League because that’s exactly how I picture Stephen Ross conducting business behind the scenes.
Vikings (2-7): After some promising performances during the start of the Christian Ponder era, the Vikings came back down to earth with an embarrassing loss to the Packers on Monday Night Football.
Play the “Suck for Luck” board game to see which team will lose enough to win Andrew Luck.