People are not giving the Colts enough credit for their hard fought battle and win against the Chiefs that only helps prove my point that they are poised for another deep playoff run. In a game where Payton Manning did not look like the MVP of the league and did not throw a single touchdown the Indianapolis Colts played gutsy, hard football against one of the best defensive teams in the league. The Chiefs are only giving up an average of 14.25 points a game which is second best in the NFL. The Colts, despite struggling against this tough defense still posted 19 points and victory. What is more remarkable is that they did it on the ground!
The Colts rushed for 97 net yards in this game, more then any other game this season except for the contest against the New York Giants when they rushed for 160 net yards. If you remember these impressive running numbers lead the Colts to a convincing victory over the Giants. Otherwise the Indianapolis Colts are only averaging about 47 yards net rushing yards a game and in those three games they only won against Denver, whose secondary was eaten alive by Payton Manning. The Colts victory is even more impressive when you consider Joseph Addai was out for most of the second half and their only touchdown was scored by the 5'11" running back of Mike Hart. (who really showed "hart" on the field Sunday)
If the Colts can get healthy, continue to pound the running game and make even slight improvements to the defense they will win the Super Bowl. The worst record the Colts will post this year is an 11-5 mark but still making the playoffs as a wild card. This year is going to be more of a test then previous years and it is going to motivate Payton to continue driving his team towards victory. The Chiefs game proved that Payton can lead a team even when he cannot be the super star or for that matter even throw a touchdown pass.
Football world, watch out, because the Colts are finding the tenacity they need to win this years Super Bowl.
The Marris Minute