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Zach Leibowitz
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Zach Leibowitz

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When you think sneaky NFL teams, you immediate think of that 5-5 team that runs the table, sort of like New Orleans if they were to actually win one road game. Maybe they will Sunday, in Tampa. A win there and New Orleans could very well still make the playoffs. Given the injuries to Reggie Bush, Marques Colston among others, the Saints would classify as a sneaky squad capable of great things if the stars could align from this point forward.

However, my pick for sneakiest team in 2008 is Indianapolis. I'm telling you, with the offensive injuries and distractions plaguing the Colts in the early going, Indy was written off as a team on the decline. Maybe they are. Maybe not. Suddenly, no one knows what to expect from Peyton and company on any given week. The Colts started 1-2 this season. Entering November, they were 3-4 and almost officially eliminated from any chance of winning the division -- the same AFC South that the Colts owned for the last five years.

The Colts were overlooked for the first time in years. So what did they do? Indy went on a four-game winning streak, beating three of their biggest nemeses over the past decade -- New England, Pittsburgh and San Diego.

The talk was all about how Peyton was on the decline, how Eli was the brother you wanted on your team if given the choice. Don't be fooled, Peyton will sneak up on you.

And now, at 7-4, the playoff-positioned Colts appear primed for an even stronger finish to the regular season. Cleveland, Cincinnati and Detroit are the next three scheduled against Indianapolis. You can pretty much guess the outcomes of those games. But even if the Colts slipped against the Browns on the road this weekend, that would further the mystery of this team's true identity. Wasn't this the same team that lost badly at home to Chicago earlier this year?

All the question marks would be fine punctuation for Peyton. The less understood the Colts are heading into December, the more careful opponents must be.

By Zach Leibowitz  |  November 25, 2008; 12:38 PM ET  | Category:  NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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couldnt agree more

Posted by: ethan | November 26, 2008 12:52 AM

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