The Indianapolis Colts' storybook season rages on.
The Colts' 27-10 dismantling of the free-falling Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday Night Football further solidified their playoff position. At 6-3, they are currently ranked fifth in the AFC. If the postseason were to begin today, they would go to the Mile High City to square off against former Colts quarterback Peyton Manning and his Denver Broncos.
Who would've thought this to be possible?
After the Colts' dismal 2-14 season in 2011, nobody expected this team to go as far as they currently have—not with a rookie quarterback at the helm and a roster teeming with unproven players.
Their showing against a struggling Jaguars team on Thursday proved they are for real. Jacksonville may not have suited up Maurice Jones-Drew and Rashean Mathis, but Indy was also without six key players.
No Robert Mathis? No Jerraud Powers? No Samson Satele?
Even if Jacksonville was an abysmal 1-7 heading into the showdown at EverBank Field, the Colts had no reason to take the Jaguars lightly—this is the same team that dealt the Colts their only home loss in Week 3 on a last-minute, 80-yard Blaine Gabbert touchdown pass to Cecil Shorts III.
A short recap of four key takeaways from last night's win on Thursday Night Football should give fans an idea of how legitimate this Indianapolis Colts squad really is.