10. Indianapolis Colts (-2)
I truly have no good feel for what the Colts are and I don’t know if that is a compliment to their versatility and multiplicity, or if they are a team without an identity.
For the majority of the season, they were an offense that needed a lot of chances to get it right week to week. That was perfectly fine because the defense was so overwhelming that they got extra chances week in and week out.
Now, they are an offense that seems to be functioning well, but the defense isn’t at the top tier where they used to be. Is that something that is going to get better? Is it a function of not needing to be so good now? Is this a house of cards built on Philip Rivers and his completely real injury that I totally buy?
I’m not sure, but I don’t like it and I don’t trust it going into the playoffs.
9. Cleveland Browns (+0)
Cleveland left a box score that looks like a blowout against the Giants, but there were plenty of chances for New York to put up points in that game. They still looked very good and were in control the whole game, which is why they haven’t been moved in the rankings, but I thought that Cleveland was about to become a powerhouse a few weeks ago.
Now, I feel like they can score points but without a big game from Myles Garrett, their defense isn’t anything special.