3. Indianapolis Colts

Record: 8-4, first place in AFC South Remaining schedule: at Cincinnati Bengals (Dec. 8), vs. Houston Texans (Dec. 15), at Kansas City Chiefs (Dec. 22), vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (Dec. 29) Skinny: Quarterback Andrew Luck has had a difficult adjustment to the loss of wide receiver Reggie Wayne to a season-ending knee injury. And the Colts shook up their lineup Sunday during a win over the Tennessee Titans, benching running back Trent Richardson and replacing him with Donald Brown. The Colts outrank the Bengals (8-4) thanks to a superior conference record (6-2 to the Bengals' 6-3). So their upcoming game at Paul Brown Stadium is important. If the season ended today, the third-seeded Colts would host the sixth-seeded Ravens in the opening round of the playoffs.
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