If you haven't quite heard yet, it's because you haven't been listening. The Indianapolis Colts have quietly become the new "America's Team." Even if you don't quite know it yet.
Following the 2-14 campaign in 2011, Indy was the epicenter of everything sports media leading up to, and following, the NFL's version of "the decision" in the eventual release of quarterback Peyton Manning. Following the release, all eyes were on who would succeed no. 18 for the horseshoe.
In 2012, after drafting quarterback Andrew Luck out of Stanford, the Colts again became the team that everyone wanted to see succeed following head coach Chuck Pagano's leukemia diagnosis. The whole country (well, maybe except for the one city in Massachusetts) wanted to see the Colts win.
And now, on the heels of an impressive 39-33 victory over the Denver Broncos and Luck's predecessor, the Colts are again receiving the national attention and high praise that is well deserved. Luck looks better than any second year quarterback this league has ever seen, and the defensive unit is finally coming into its own.
So here, coming out of the bye week, we look back so far at how the Colts got to 5-2 and where they are headed from here. Follow me as we break down the entire depth chart, front to back and left to right, and analyze how this team looks on paper through seven weeks of play.