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Indianapolis Colts: Why Peyton Manning-Less Colts Is NFL's Worst Team

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCTOBER 09: Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts watches his team warm up before the NFL game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 9, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Scott SewellCorrespondent IOctober 9, 2011

I demand a recount!

I'd like to see a recount of the NFL MVP voting for 2010, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2003, 2002, 2000 and 1999. 

I'm pretty sure Peyton Manning deserves them all.

After watching the Indianapolis Colts transform from a perennial powerhouse into the league's worst team, I don't think there is any doubt that Peyton Manning is more valuable to his team than any other player in football.

The Colts had built their entire offensive scheme behind the mind, talent, and health of Peyton Manning. No other player in football has the control and confidence that the Colts have invested in Manning. He's essentially become an Offensive Coordinator on the field.

Coming into Week 5 the Colts offense ranked 28th out of 32 teams. This is the same offense that finished fourth in scoring in 2010, and seventh in 2009.  

Their ranking won't be much better after this week either.

The Colts blew a 24-7 lead to the lowly Kansas City Chiefs in a 28-24 loss. The loss drops the Colts to 0-5.  

The last time they started the season 0-5? It was 1997, the year before Peyton Manning was drafted.

Coincidence?

Everybody in Indianapolis is going to spend a lot of time discussing the Colts woes this season. They are going to blame the defense, blame the receivers who seemed to have regressed for no apparent reason, blame the offensive line, blame the running backs, and blame the coaching.

The truth of the matter is that the only difference that matters is the name of the man at QB1.

That doesn't mean Curtis Painter or Kerry Collins are to blame. They've been placed in an impossible situation. You simply can't replace Peyton Manning.

The Colts have had these issues for several years. They've always had bad defenses, they've always had mediocre wide receivers—excepting Harrison, Clark, and Wayne of course—and they've always had a mediocre offensive line.

As if he were David Copperfield, Peyton Manning made all of these problems disappear.

For his next trick, watch as Peyton Manning takes the 2012 Indianapolis Colts to the playoffs, and wins another MVP.

In the meantime, suck-for-luck Indy, suck-for-luck.

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