NFL power rankings, no. 18: Indianapolis Colts
The Indianapolis Colts are another example of a weird football team that might be better than the record indicates. If the Colts were in the NFC then they would be in a great position to make a run in the playoffs. However, with the AFC being loaded with talent and the Titans continuing to win, the Colts may have already lost too much ground.
The Colts could go on a run though and re-insert themselves back into the wild-card hunt. A 4-5 record is definitely one that the team can overcome, especially considering that the team is trending in the right direction. The Colts are 4-2 in their last six with both losses coming in overtime.
The schedule is split between four easy opponents and four tough opponents to close the year. Indy has to go at least 6-2 in those eight to give themselves a chance.
NFL power rankings, no. 17: Pittsburgh Steelers
The Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football and I don't feel any better about them than I did before the game. Quite frankly, the Steelers should have lost but the officiating was on their side at the end of the game.
Say what you want about the defense and Najee Harris but this team will only go as far as Ben Roethlisberger can take them, which is not very far. They'll naturally play teams close because they are really well coached but their 5-3 record is misleading. Seven of their last eight games are against likely AFC playoff teams, including the LA Chargers. That is when things will slide.