The Colts brain trust chose to lose to the Jets this afternoon, removing most of the starters on both offense and defense in the middle of the 3d Quarter, while the Colts still held the lead. In the past, this strategy has not helped the Colts come playoff time. I don't understand why they think it will work any better this season. Not playing to win is demoralizing to players. Once the rhythm of winning is disturbed, there is no guarantee that it will return; it's not something that can be turned on and off like a switch. I would not be at all surprised if the Colts lose their next two games, including their first of the playoffs. Even if they do lose early in the playoffs, yet again, I expect that GM Polian and Coach Caldwell will insist that their strategy remains correct, and that they would do the same again.
By the way, we learned one other thing today: Curtis Painter is not an NFL quarterback. He was like a deer in the headlights, had no clock in his head for releasing passes, and showed no ability to read defensive coverages.
Oh yes, we learned one other thing as well: If you don't at least try to block Dwight Freeney, he will sack your quarterback.