Colts Win 9th Straight; Shutting Out Titans in Route to Setting Many Milestones
The Titans were supposed to be the AFC's powerhouse.
After all, coming off a beat down they laid on the all-mighty Steelers should have easily propelled them with enough momentum to defeat the team they already beat before.
I remember, I remember all to well when the Titans defeated the Colts earlier this year. They were the last team to beat us before we began our amazing winning-streak. For good measure, they beat us up on prime time television on my birthday no less.
I personally thought that the 31-21 victory the Titans attained was nothing more then a temporary fix. I knew my Colts were better than that. I didn't even think we got enough credit for coming that close to the then undefeated Titans.
But that was the past and today is the present.
Same teams, different result.
Since losing to the Titans back in October, the Colts have managed to win every game since. Scratching and clawing our way back from the depths of the NFL's mediocrity. We stood 3-4 as an injured team who appeared to have no momentum, and no chance.
I always had faith in my Colts as I have seen adversity strike them many times before. I knew all too well that this 2008 Colts team was far better then our 3-4 record had indicated in October.
Sometimes I love to say I told you so...
My hopes and aspirations aside, at that point we had displayed signs of promise but lacked the health and execution needed to turn those L's into W's.
Whatever it was that was missing, we found it.
A now healthier and rejuvenated Colts team began their winning streak by defeating our long time nemesis, the New England Patriots by the score of 18-15.
Few gave us a chance going into Pittsburgh to face the Steelers. After all, we hadn't won a game there since the 1960's. The poor history of the Colts playing in Pittsburgh was wiped away as Peyton Manning led us to another dramatic victory, performing near flawless while Mr. Ben Roethlisberger on the other side...
Well, we couldn't say the same for him.
The season continued as the Colts managed to put strings of W's together like pieces of candy on a necklace (give me a break on the analogies, I'm trying). The 2008 season produced no fewer than seven 4th quarter comebacks as Peyton Manning looked like a much more elegant version of a slightly forgotten New England legend.
The milestones reached this season are quite inspiring seeing as the 3-4 Colts team we once were looked more like seasonal disappointment than perennial powerhouse.
*The Colts have become the only team in NFL history to win 12 or more games in 6 consecutive seasons.
*The Colts reach the post season for the 7th consecutive year, the longest current streak in the NFL by far.
*Tony Dungy has now led his team to the post season for ten consecutive years. He passes Tom Landry in becoming the only man to ever achieve this honor.
*Peyton Manning will be going to his 9th Pro Bowl of his 11-year career, and he will be going there for the 7th consecutive season.
*Peyton Manning eclipsed the 4,000 yard passing mark for the 9th time in his career, extending his NFL record to 9 seasons of doing so (Dan Marino ranks second with 6 such seasons and did so in 17 years).
*Peyton Manning looks to be the front-runner to win his 3rd NFL MVP award.
*The Colts seven 4th quarter comeback victories rank 1st in the NFL.
*Dwight Freeney will be going to his fourth Pro Bowl and Robert Mathis will be going to his first.
*Reggie Wayne will be going to his 3rd consecutive Pro Bowl.
*Reggie Wayne has eclipsed the 1,000 yard receiving mark for the 5th time in his career and the 5th season in a row.
*Marvin Harrison has become the NFL's 2nd All-Time leading receiver with 1,102 receptions, passing Cris Carter and Tim Brown along the way.
*Dallas Clark broke the Colts franchise mark for most receiving yards by a Tight End with 848 yards. He broke the record set by Hall of Famer John Mackey in 1966.
There were certainly many amazing accomplishments achieved this season. What the Colts have managed to do thus far in 2008 is nothing short of amazing. After now beating the Titans, Steelers, Ravens, Patriots, and Vikings, they have officially laid legitimate claim to being the best team in the National Football League.
Get set Colts fans, next comes January.
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