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December 27, 2011

Lot on the line for Colts

Indianapolis — Are the Indianapolis Colts treating Sunday's game at Jacksonville as the final game of the season or just the next game on the schedule? 

Despite a 2-13 record, there is still a lot on the line for the Colts. Particularly when it comes to draft positioning as well as the future of several key players on the Indianapolis roster. And then there are the questions about what's going to happen to coach Jim Caldwell and his coaching staff, if anything, once the season is over.

"It is the last game of the year, but also, [it] can be used as stepping-stones to launch you into the offseason and those kinds of things," Caldwell explained Monday.

"There are a lot of different things you can sort of talk about in terms of this ball game, but for us it is the next one. What we are trying to do, and [what] we have been trying to do, is get incrementally better, just a little bit better each and every week. I think our guys have been doing that, and this one will also be a challenge to get just a little bit better this week. I think that is indeed the key/ And we are going to face an opponent that is doing the exact same thing."

As for the questions about possible draft positioning. With Minnesota scoring an upset over Washington last Saturday, the Vikings have played themselves out of contention for the No. 1 pick in April's National Football League draft.

It's now down to the Colts and St. Louis Rams, who are also 2-13 this season. Due to the league's tie-breaking procedure, which is strength of schedule, Indianapolis is still the leading contender for the top pick. NFL officials said over the weekend, though, that a Colts win and a St. Louis loss would give the selection to the Rams.

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