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08:04 AM ET 12.23 | After accumulating 13 losses in 14 weeks, the Colts now have two wins in under a week. The Indianapolis Colts didn't just win a football game Thursday night over the Houston Texans. They might have saved the Peyton Manning era. On the one night a Colts fan might have hoped his or her team would lose, Indy did the ridiculous, the impossible and, in the long term, the worst thing possible. They are one win at Jacksonville from blowing a chance to draft Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck. ... A sweet 19-16 win for the players and coaches. A bitter 19-16 victory for fans who hoped to start buying their Luck No. 12 jerseys. Is there such a thing as a devastating victory? This changes everything. Check that: This changes everything.

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December 23, 2011  08:06 AM ET

Baba Booey!

December 23, 2011  08:10 AM ET

The Colts just have no luck.

December 23, 2011  08:11 AM ET

Somebody had to say it.

December 23, 2011  08:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Somebody had to say it.

Someone would have.

December 23, 2011  08:14 AM ET

In this case definitely winning isn't everything....It is nothing....

December 23, 2011  08:16 AM ET

peyton's happier....

December 23, 2011  08:16 AM ET

That's one way to avoid the whole "how do we co-exist with Manning and Luck" question.

That's also one way to delay the inevitable rebuilding of the entire roster.

WTG Colts!!!!

December 23, 2011  08:20 AM ET

At least now no one can accuse them of throwing the last games to get Luck...ironical

December 23, 2011  08:24 AM ET

Not very smart!

December 23, 2011  08:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Not very smart!

Look who the coach is.

December 23, 2011  08:38 AM ET

I don't care what kind of moral victory winning last night was, having the first pick is a bigger victory at this point in time than beating the Texans. Even if they didn't want Luck they could have traded that pick and got a TON in return!

December 23, 2011  08:44 AM ET

If you do the math, this is a non-story.

Indianapolis still holds the #1 pick in the NFL Draft.

December 23, 2011  08:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

If you do the math, this is a non-story.Indianapolis still holds the #1 pick in the NFL Draft.

Strength of Schedule is the NFL's primary tiebreaker for determining draft order. If two teams finish with the same record, the team with the weakest strength of schedule drafts first.

December 23, 2011  08:46 AM ET

AS I understand it, they're still in line for the number one draft pick. Jacksonville is awful, but they're not as awful as the Colts. Besides, Jacksonville's coach is playing for a possible headcoaching position. I say Jacksonville rolls them easily.

December 23, 2011  08:58 AM ET

Devastating win for the Colts? Only if it secures Jim Caldwell's job.

December 23, 2011  09:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Devastating win for the Colts? Only if it secures Jim Caldwell's job.

You would think that train has left the station.

December 23, 2011  09:15 AM ET

Poor strategic thinking on the part of the Colts. Were they to end up with the $1 pick, they could use the pick and 18 in an myriad of ways. Now after they whip the hapless Jags, they will have won a battle whilst the war is lost. Sometimes losing is winning...segue

The good news is as a Steeler Fan I LOVED this win. IF we can take care of our business and Flacco vomits away one of their last two versus division opponents; we have the two seed and needed rest for our signal caller. While the Colts were losing last night, my favorite team won.

December 23, 2011  09:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Strength of Schedule is the NFL's primary tiebreaker for determining draft order. If two teams finish with the same record, the team with the weakest strength of schedule drafts first.

Wow - smart analysis - I wonder why T&R did not pick up on this - For those not able to read tone - (I am being sarcastic)

December 23, 2011  09:23 AM ET

That game should be a sell out. Jacksonville fans cheering on the Colts and the Colts fans cheering on the Jaguars. If Luck turns out to be a bust, they'll all be scratching their *** for the next few years wondering what happened.

 
December 23, 2011  09:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Strength of Schedule is the NFL's primary tiebreaker for determining draft order. If two teams finish with the same record, the team with the weakest strength of schedule drafts first.

Yes but the Rams and Vikings have their QBs of the future in place (Bradford & Ponder). If either gets the #1 pick it could get interesting. Trade the pick? Trade the QB?

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