As bad as things were for the Vikes, the winless Manning-less Colts were locked into the first draft pick and Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck just two weeks ago. But a funny thing happened on the way to the Colts automatically being on the clock for the first pick.
They not only got off the winless train last week against Tennessee, they beat division champ Houston Thursday night. As a result, the Colts can go for a divisional trifecta in Week 17 against the weakest of their opposition – the Jacksonville Jaguars – with extra rest and preparation time coming off their Thursday win.
In the span of four days, the Colts went from being a lock to have the first pick and creating the question of how Luck would coexist with Peyton Manning to potentially having the third pick if they can win against Jacksonville New Year's Day.
The big question for the last few weeks has been if the Vikings can grab the No. 2 overall draft pick? With the improbable Colts return to the win column, the Vikings now face the potential of being in line for the first overall pick if they drop their final two games and the Colts beat the Jaguars on Jan. 1. If the Vikings finish with the same record as the Colts, the top pick would likely go to Indianapolis because the Colts currently have the tie-breaker advantage based on their weaker strength of schedule.
With all the talk surrounding who the Vikings would take with the second or third pick, there was almost no discussion of what would happen if they landed the No. 1 pick. Thanks to the Colts, that topic is now fodder for discussion.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.