A 6-0 start would seem routine any previous year in the Indianapolis Colts organization, but this 2009 season has been anything but routine. With the loss of two football legends in head coach Tony Dungy and veteran receiver Marvin Harrison, the offseason raised the biggest questions in Indy since their 1-15 season way back in 1991.
But as we all know, where's there's a Manning, there's a way. Not exactly the case here, where there is a weak schedule, there's a way. Peyton and his "mighty" Colts have yet to face a team with a winning record on the day of kickoff. With a combined opponent record of 10-25, their toughest challenge has come from the rusty Super Bowl runner-up Arizona Cardinals who, just before their match up against the Colts, had come off a loss to division rival San Francisco.
The AFC South returned to its natural state of being the worst division in the AFC, maybe the NFL, this year after a somewhat unpredictable 2008 campaign. With the horror in Nashville unfolding before our eyes and the inconsistent nature of the Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars the Colts could easily run away with a spotless divison record in '09. However the possibiilty of an undefeated record is unlikely.
The Colts head into November undefeated but there is a good chance they could emerge from this month with multiple loses. Games against San Fran, Houston, New England, Baltimore and another against Houston all in consecutive weeks this month could lead to a Indy breakdown.
They should consider themselves lucky if they head into December while still clutching the top spot in the AFC South.
This heavily inexperienced team has not yet proven themselves as able to push their way through 4 quarters of hard play and come out the otherside with a win. Now is their chance. If they can just manage to come out of November with their dignity intact and a majority of their limb, only then can they be called an elite NFL team.
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