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Indianapolis Colts Looking For Consistency Heading Into Week 14 Matchup Against Cincinnati Bengals

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Andrew Luck walks off the field after a tough loss. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images.
Andrew Luck walks off the field after a tough loss. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images.

It's no surprise that the Indianapolis Colts' offensive have struggled since the loss of star wide-receiver Reggie Wayne - who is out for the remainder of the year after suffering an injury in week seven. The Colts will have to find some quick answers as they head into week 14 against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals are 8-4 after a convincing win against a tough San Diego Chargers team.

There is sure to be some concern for the Colts since they've recently loss to teams with worse records than the Bengals - very confusing losses, especially after they defeated teams like Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos.

A wide array of issues could possibly be linked to the Colts' recent struggles - the obvious being the dip in production from Andrew Luck. Luck only through for 200 yards with no touchdowns and one interception in Sunday's victory over the Tennessee Titans. This Colts team failed to address that issue in the media. Instead, they praised themselves for a close victory in a game where they should have easily won. They could continue to overlook things, or they can work things out in practice and hope that it will translate into production on Sundays.

The Colts may be getting a little too comfortable with the fact that they are in one of the weakest divisions in the NFL. Even if they lose out, they could still find themselves with a playoff spot - that is how bad the AFC South has been this season. Normally, they would be in a tight race with the Houston Texans, but the Texans have been horrible thus far. I guess you could have the Colts' lack of competition has them playing a little lazy, which could be why they often find themselves fighting back late in games.

The running game has troubling everyone in Indianapolis. The trade for Trent Richardson has backfired in the worse way. The projected all-pro back is getting less and less snaps each week. It may be too late to get things going for him. The Colts will now be asking all of their backs to carry the load in hopes of them collectively producing enough to contribute positively to the team's offensive attack. This is something that will have to work if Luck is not playing at the level we have all been accustomed since his debut last season.

A loss this week will not be detrimental to the team's playoff chances, but it will be a step in the wrong direction. This team needs confidence as the season winds down. They can slip into the playoffs playing half-decent, but there is no way that they will go any further. What this team needs is for Luck to step up, some production from their running backs and for another receiver to compliment T.Y. Hilton. If they can get these things in order, then we will be seeing the Colts play more than one game this postseason. If not, then the fans in Indianapolis will be down in the dumps all the way up until the start of the 2014 NFL season.