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5. Indianapolis (7-4)

Remaining opponents winning percentage: .527 (29-26)

Potential fly in the ointment: Games against Houston in Weeks 15 and 17.

Outlook: One of the NFL’s feel-good stories in 2012 – Indianapolis rallying around ailing head coach Chuck Pagano – will extend into the postseason. Even if they stumble Sunday at Detroit (4-7), the Colts should be at nine wins after a Week 14 home game against Tennessee (4-7) and Week 16 trip to lousy Kansas City (1-10). A 10th win that would virtually assure a playoff berth will have to come against Houston. While that will be daunting in Week 15 at Reliant Stadium, the Week 17 rematch in Indianapolis won’t be as great a challenge if the Texans already have the AFC’s top seed secured and decide to rest starters. The Colts also are motivated by trying to extend the season as long as possible to give the leukemia-stricken Pagano the chance to return to the sideline for a playoff run. - Alex Marvez (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

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