Over the past decade, the Colts have been on a run paralleled by few teams in football history.
During this span, the team captured a Super Bowl title, two conference championships, seven division championships, seven straight seasons with at least 12 wins and eight consecutive postseason appearances. The team also set records for wins in a single decade and for the longest regular season winning streak.
At various points throughout this run, experts have questioned how much longer the Colts success would last, and whether a division foe such as Tennessee, Houston or Jacksonville would dislodge them from the top of the AFC South (which has been won by the Colts in all but two seasons since its inception in 2002).
After an unusual 2010 season, in which the Colts had to fight just for a playoff berth at a time they are usually able to rest their starters, analysts are already speculating that the team’s “window” is closing. However, this would be a premature prognosis, as the Colts remain legitimate contenders.
Here are six reasons why.