The Indianapolis Colts have come out smoking hot throughout the first nine games of the season with a 6-3 record behind Andrew Luck.
To some this is an impressive feat, as the Colts were only 2-14 in 2011. But others look at the Indianapolis Colts' schedule and claim that their soft schedule is the reason for the hot start.
The reality is the Colts have had a decently difficult schedule to start the season. Three of Indianapolis' six victories have come against teams that are .500 or better (each of them at home). However of their three losses, the only one you could consider a quality loss came against the Chicago Bears in Week 1 in Chicago.
They have a bad loss at home against the same Jacksonville Jaguars team they thumped 27-10 in Jacksonville on Thursday Night Football, and a loss on the road against the New York Jets in Week 6. This has been the Jets' only victory since Week 3.
Is the Colts' hot start a product of a weak schedule?
It's not their fault they're in the same division as the worst team in the NFL. Granted, they did lose to the Jaguars, but the Colts have improved in every game, and followed that loss up with a victory against the Green Bay Packers.
The soft schedule helps, but Indianapolis' schedule will get tougher, which will test how tough this team is. This team has already had its toughness tested after losing head coach Chuck Pagano due to him receiving treatment for leukemia, and has passed that test with flying colors. Pagano's own toughness helped mold this team to begin with, and it's rubbed off on them.
The Colts will also be one of the most feared teams come playoff time, thanks in part to Andrew Luck, who's the real reason for Indianapolis' resurgence.