Wind out of Colts' sails

Sam Farmer

Los Angeles Times

The Packers will lose before the Colts win. Even great teams are capable of a letdown, and when you factor in that Green Bay is likely to ease its foot off the gas if it locks up the top seed in the NFC, the odds of another 16-0 regular season go down.

Besides, as the Patriots reminded us a few years ago, a perfect regular season guarantees nothing. Meanwhile, any wind filling the sails of the Colts is gone. They are simply playing out the season.

Jim Caldwell is on his way out — deserved or not — and Andrew Luck is on his way in. For so long because of the remarkable reliability of Peyton Manning, the franchise worked without a net. This season, it slipped off the wire.

sfarmer@tribune.com

Tests ahead for Packers

Dan Pompei

Chicago Tribune

The Packers are doing so many things so well that it is difficult to imagine them losing in the near future.

But they play two opponents — Lions and Giants — in the next three weeks that are very capable of beating them or anyone else.

It won't help the Packers that both games are on the road. Ford Field in particular should be in an absolute frenzy on Thanksgiving Day, and the Lions will have something to prove against a rival.

The Packers appear to be able to adjust their game and play well in any type of condition and against any type of opponent, but these games will be true tests.

The Colts are playing so poorly it's difficult to imagine them winning this season. In their last four games they have been outscored 137-27.

dpompei@tribune.com

Streaks end in Week 12

Ron Fritz

Baltimore Sun

I guess it depends on who plays earlier in Week 12, and since the Packers have to face the Lions in Detroit on Thanksgiving Day, I'm going to say the Packers lose that game. If they don't lose, they ruin the holiday for thousands of Lions fans. The Lions have to win that game so they can eat the turducken after.