The Indianapolis Colts moved to .500 after their win over the New England Patriots in Germany on Sunday. The young Colts have won two in a row after having lost three in a row entering last week's game against the Carolina Panthers.
ESPN's Colts' beat writer Stephen Holder took a look at whose stock was up and whose was down following the game on Sunday.
Stock up after the win: DL Dayo Odeyingbo. He led a ferocious pass rush, recording a career-high three sacks that matched his season total coming into the game.
Stock down after the win: DT DeForest Buckner was playing through an injury and facing numerous double-teams, but the Colts could have used a bit more playmaking from him in the run defense with the Patriots rushing for a season-high 167 yards. -- Stephen Holder, ESPN
Head coach Shane Steichen likes the direction of his team heading into the bye week.
"It's huge," said Steichen after the game. "It's huge to get to .500 before the bye, get these guys after week off, get some rest and come back and hit the ground running. We have Tampa Bay coming back in our place a couple of weeks, so we're looking forward to it."
The Colts are just one game out of a playoff spot. They're behind the suddenly surging Houston Texans, Cincinnati Bengals and Buffalo Bills. They have two-winnable games coming up against the Tennessee Titans (3-6) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-5).
Can the Colts make a playoff run?
The defense is coming around after a shaky start to the season. They have one of, if not the best running back tandem in the NFL. Shane Steichen has found ways to get points on the board no matter who is behind center.
Yes, the Colts can make a run. The hope is in its infancy stages, but it's there.