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Colts Mailbag Weekend Edition: In What Ways Can The Colts Make The Playoffs?

Intro: In Saturday’s mailbag, readers inquire about the team’s playoff chances, the conservative approach last week and Vontae Davis’ play in the loss to the Texans.

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INDIANAPOLIS – Each week, readers of Colts.com can submit their questions to have a chance of them being answered in our Wednesday or Saturday mailbag.

With the abundance of questions in recent weeks, we will have two mailbags each week. This one comes via a weekend edition (here's the Wednesday version from this week).

Here is this weekend's collection:Keenan A. (Tulum, México)

With the loss on Sunday to the Texans what exactly would have to happen for the colts to win the division?

Bowen: All playoff inquiries will be sent here for a look at what the Colts need to have happen to somehow find their way into the postseason.

Matt Z. (Indianapolis)

On Sundays game. It seemed like They kept running Frank Gore up the middle into a wall for no yards if not loss of yards. It looked to me like we would have gained more yards and maybe picked up a few more first downs if we would have ran the ball more to the outside.

Why were we punting the ball on fourth down in Houstons territory . It seemed we should have gone for it or at least tried a long field goal. It just seems like we are being to conservative . Thanks MZ

Bowen: It was clear that the Colts felt like their best chance on Sunday would come from not committing that fatal error. Matt Hasselbeck's quote after the loss gave off that thought: "Probably could have been a little bit more aggressive. Just kind of was in this mode of we win the turnover battle, we win the game. We win turnover ratio, we win the game. We kind of thought to win this game no one had to do anything superhero, we just had to do everything right, just play a clean game. You don't have to put a cape on or anything like that. Just play like you practice. Don't shoot yourselves in the foot, and we sort of did. We didn't do what we set out to do." Now, as far as punting in Houston territory, the Colts did that four times last week. Two of them were obvious (4th-and-15 from the 46-yard line, and 4th-and-13 from the 47-yard line). The Colts did have two early fourth-downs at the Houston 40 (4th-and-8) and 42 (4th-and-5) yard lines and elected to punt both times. Adam Vinatieri's career-long is 57 yards, so it looks like the Colts believed the field position battle was most important in trying to get that victory.

Richard D. (Southern California)

Being critical of the defensive safeties. Is the practice of not watching for ball while defending the pass going to continue, and pass interference calls be the norm or does anyone see this as a major problem? The one that hit Davis in the back was the game changer!

Bowen: I'm not going to be too critical of the defensive pass interferences that Davis got called for on Sunday. Frankly, I thought the calls could have been not called. DeAndre Hopkins is one of the game's top wide receivers and when you're isolated on him, the flags are a risk you take. I don't think the "practice of not watching the ball" is something that is ever taught by any defensive backs coach. When you are on an island against a Pro Bowl wideout, trying to apply blanket coverage, coupled with whipping that head around to the ball is no easy task.

Rob E. (Tampa, FL)

Hi Kevin, it's been a while since you answered any of my questions. What are Irsays thoughts on this season?

Bowen: Rob, sorry for the lull. We get a bunch of questions each week. Jim Irsay hasn't commented publically on the season and I don't envision him doing that until it comes to a close. No tweets. Nothing from the Colts Owner. This shouldn't be too much of a surprise as the only time he typically talks during a season is if the media spots him walking out of the stadium post game.

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