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Gene Wang
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Gene Wang

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Colts Cruising


Don't look now, but the Indianapolis Colts are a force again. After a shaky start to the season, the Colts quietly have assembled a four-game winning streak, and as funny as it sounds, may be sneaking up on the New York Jets and Tennessee Titans for AFC supremacy.

Indianapolis (7-4) currently is the fifth seed in the playoffs as the No. 1 wild card. They have an outside chance at catching the Titans for the AFC South title, and even if they don't, they are probably the one visiting team no one wants to face in the postseason.

Quarterback Peyton Manning again is making defensive coordinators sweat, and running back Joseph Addai appears fully recovered from that hamstring injury. Reggie Wayne is still one of the league's best wide receivers, and old reliable Marvin Harrison is settling into his role as the No. 2 wideout.

And just when secondaries think they have those two accounted for, Manning has tight end Dallas Clark and wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez, who is pushing Harrison for the No. 2 role.

Then there's the defense, which has been getting better each week and will get a significant upgrade when safety Bob Sanders -- perhaps the league's best defensive player -- comes back.

Included in the Colts' winning streak are victories over Pittsburgh, New England and San Diego. Indianapolis also dismantled Baltimore, 31-3, in Week 6. The Colts' next four games are against Cleveland, Cincinnati, Detroit and Jacksonville, so it's fair to expect them to be 11-4 by the time they end the regular season with a home game against Tennessee.

So for all those naysayers who counted out the Colts in October, there's still plenty of room on the bandwagon. But hop aboard soon, or it may be too crowded come playoff time.

By Gene Wang  |  November 25, 2008; 12:29 PM ET  | Category:  NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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People seemed to give up on Indy too soon this season. . .I think that this may have been the case because for the last 5 years, we have been used to seeing Indy bust out of the gate with huge winning streaks at the beginnning of the season. This year however. . .is different. And as a Long-time Colts fan, I gotta say. . .I would much rather have Peyton & Co playing as an ON-FIRE UNDERDOG going into the play-offs than an over-rated team who hasn't played anyone tough sitting at the top of their division

For all those haters out there. . .you might be unpleasantly surprised by who makes it to the AFC championship this year!


Posted by: Jeff G | November 25, 2008 3:27 PM

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