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Once upon a time the playoffs were a cakewalk for the Indianapolis Colts. 2010 hasn't been quite the same story.
Just as each expert had predicted back in August, the AFC South proved to be one of the most hotly contested divisions in the NFL, even though the final race came down to both the Colts and Jacksonville Jaguars for division supremacy.
Seeing as though the Colts have outlasted their division rivals now, another challenging task appears on the horizon, as Indianapolis prepares for the New York Jets at Lucas Oil Stadium.
In the past three days the Jets have decided to bring forward some smack talk, stating that the Colts would be nothing without Peyton Manning. Argue this fact if you will, Indianapolis have bigger problems that verbal confrontations.
Yes, believe it or not the Colts defense is undergoing some questioning, as this season has seen many problems occur in close games recently.
The best example to offer here comes from Week 17, as the Colts allowed the Tennessee Titans to nearly steal a victory off of some brilliant Jeff Fisher play calling and Kerry Collins ball work.
Fortunately, Adam Vinatieri had the final word, silencing the Titans with a last minute field goal to walk away with a victory.
But what does this say about Jim Caldwell's defense?
Quite a bit, considering the Colts defense is ranked 20th in the league, with the likes of Mark Sanchez, Shonn Greene, Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards awaiting this Saturday night.
The Colts defense will no doubt act as the main reason should Indianapolis advance past the Wild Card round, but don't hang your hat on the defense. It's been shaky all year, and even with Dwight Freeney, nothing is set in stone.