The Colts caught a break already this week with the Ravens' loss on Thursday night. If Indy can beat the Bengals, they'll be no worse than a game out of the top spot in the conference and still in first place in the South.
Here's who to root for this weekend:
Dolphins Vs Titans
Browns Vs Jets
The Titans are tied with the Colts for the top slot in the South, we want them to go down. The Jets are a game ahead of Indy, so a loss by them would elevate the Colts into a tie for the second spot in the AFC.
Jaguars vs Texans
Both teams are 4-4, so you could argue that it doesn't matter who wins. This is true, but I think the Texans are the better team by a lot. I'm rooting for the Jags.
Broncos Vs Chiefs
Maybe we should be rooting for the Chiefs so as to keep San Diego out of the playoffs, but I'd most rather see Oakland in that slot (hurts the Pats). I'll field arguments that we should be pulling for KC, but I'll feel better about it when they are behind the Colts in record and not tied with them (yes, I know Indy has the tiebreaker).
Patriots vs Steelers
My double reasoning is that Indy plays New England, and can make up the game they trail the Pats, and I think Pittsburgh is better. Frankly, I don't think the Pats win this game or the next one against the Colts. I think they are headed for a 10-6 record at best, and if they fall hard to 9-7, I won't be shocked.