NEW YORK (AP) Comments on the Indianapolis Colts by the AP Pro32 panel (ranking in parentheses):
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (11)
Chris Berman (ESPN, 14) - Will have another chance at Houston in Week 17.
Clifton Brown (Sporting News, 11) - Should remove any doubt and clinch a playoff spot this weekend.
Cris Collinsworth (NBC Sports, 9)
Rich Gannon (CBS Sports/SiriusXM NFL Radio, 10) - They seem to be comfortable playing from behind and that has to change - can't win them all in dramatic fashion.
Bob Glauber (Newsday, 12) - Three-game winning streak is snapped, so a guaranteed playoff berth is still a win away. Another impressive performance from rookie running back Vick Ballard, who gets his first 100-yard rushing game.
Rick Gosselin (Dallas Morning News, 9) - The surprising Colts are playoff-bound with a 9-5 record despite a defense that makes few plays. Indianapolis has forced only 10 turnovers and sacked the quarterback just 27 times.
Clark Judge (CBSSports.com, 11) - Someone should send a Christmas present to the NFL schedule makers. Next on the Colts' list: Kansas City. Yes, Andrew Luck, there is a Santa Claus.
Ira Kaufman (Tampa Tribune, 12) - A win at Arrowhead will make it official they're in.
Pat Kirwan (SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com, 9) - The best story of the 2012 season. They are young and exceeding expectations. How far they go in the playoffs against good teams is another story.
John Lynch (Fox Sports, 12) - The 9-5 Colts have had such a special season. Can they hang with the big boys? Sunday against the Texans the answer was no.
Alex Marvez (Foxsports.com, 12) - The Colts are going to make the playoffs, but a 29-17 loss at Houston gives little reason to believe they'll be sticking around the postseason for very long.
Dan Pompei (Chicago Tribune, 9) - They can beat average teams, but can they beat the good ones? They'll find out in two weeks with a rematch against the Texans.