The Indianapolis Colts find themselves at 3-3 through the first six weeks of the NFL season and just a game back of the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC South. However, the odds and history are against the Colts playoff chances.
Now, before you can quote Jim Mora, yes, there is still roughly two-thirds of the season remaining. Still, it’s a good time to look at how other teams who have been at .500 through the same stretch have fared.
Season Results of 3-3 NFL Teams
Below you'll find some useful information regarding how 3-3 teams fare at the end of the season. This is useful to those participating in Kentucky betting apps this season.
Using Champs or Chumps, BetKentucky.com looked at how teams ended up the rest of the NFL season after starting with a 3-3 record since the 2012-13 NFL season. There have been 83 teams that have started 3-3 in the last 10 seasons.
Now, of the 24 teams that did make the playoffs, six of them did so last year. That includes both the Cincinnati Bengals and San Francisco 49ers, both of whom made their conference’s championship game last season. But was last year the start of a new trend or an outlier? The Colts are one of nine teams currently at 3-3, and six more could reach that mark after this weekend’s games. Given the parity we’re seeing in the NFL, it is likely for at least a couple of those teams to reach the postseason.
However, the Colts have a bigger issue to address than thinking about the postseason. On Wednesday, it was reported that promising rookie quarterback Anthony Richardson would have season-ending shoulder surgery after suffering an injury earlier this month in a victory over the Tennessee Titans. That news came a day after the league suspended starting nose tackle Grover Stewart for six games after violating its performance-enhancing drug policy.
The Colts return to action on Sunday when they host the 3-2 Cleveland Browns. Gardner Minshew, who is considered one of the top backup quarterbacks in the NFL, will get the start for the second week in a row, and the team welcomed back star running back Jonathan Taylor earlier this month. So, there may be a glimmer of hope for Colts fans.
Colts Considered Playoff Longshots
Oddsmakers at DraftKings Kentucky sportsbook, though, aren’t buying into that. They have the Colts odds of making the playoffs this season at +265, meaning a $100 wager would net a profit of $265. Their odds against advancing to the postseason are -350 (a $350 wager would net a $100 profit). That equates to implied odds of nearly 78%.
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