Sunday morning’s NFL showdown between the Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans showcased some truly poor football skills.
Because these two teams are at the bottom of the league record-wise and eagerly tanking in hopes of a more favorable draft position, nobody was expecting much.
Somehow, both the Colts and Texans failed to meet the low bar that everyone had set for them.
One perfect example of that was a Colts player seemingly purposely forcing his teammate to fumble the ball:
Indianapolis Colts you are NOT slick!! I see what you just did. Forcing a fumble on your own teammate huh?! Nice…
Come on Texans, get your heads in the game. We can’t let them out tank us! pic.twitter.com/qTUK4LZ1j1
— V̷a̷t̷o̷r̷ (@Vator_H_Town) January 8, 2023
Understandably, NFL fans had some strong reactions to that particular sequence of events.
Elite tanking https://t.co/nmuTkcoKcv
— Josh (@joshbechill5) January 8, 2023
LMFAOOOO WHAT????? https://t.co/5Y0Siz3oEL
— THE AGENDIST (@GeloDrumsAlot) January 8, 2023
Thats my football team, We are the kings of tanking https://t.co/riM7PkYfrS
— sam (@junkityy) January 8, 2023
Nah this is INSANE https://t.co/GJSlYJmz43
— Mustafa AkA deltakilo1-1 (@billionaire41) January 8, 2023
Man what https://t.co/zeC7cxULuP
— Aaron (@GotEmCoach___) January 8, 2023
Nah they trying to get Jeff Saturday outta here! https://t.co/WwimTwBzIO
— William Spencer III (@Hype_Phinest) January 8, 2023
Aside from a woman proposing to her boyfriend at a Colts game last year, there hasn’t been much for Indy fans to root for in recent months.
This weekend showed that there is still a lot further for this team to fall before they can recover any semblance of respectability.
Obviously there have been some weird weeks in the NFL over the past couple of months. Charissa Thompson causing a stir with her interview outfit this past week, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers dating someone half his age and Russell Wilson being Russell Wilson are proof enough of that.
Jarrett Stidham’s wife’s special outfit to watch the Raiders get embarrassed by the Chiefs. https://t.co/wqL8KuoIh9
— Game 7 (@game7__) January 7, 2023
But it is much rarer to see the weirdness carry over onto the football field in the way exhibited during today’s Colts game.
Will the NFL opt to address the Colts’ obvious tanking?
Based on how the league has handled similar things in recent years – probably not.