I'm generally a pretty optimistic fan(I actually held out hope that Curtis Painter would fill the void and Manning would return at some point), but I have serious concerns with the direction this season is headed. I can think of at least five teams that started the season at 5-0 or better that didn't make the playoffs (2009 Broncos & Giants; 2003 Vikings; 1993 Saints). I believe that its easier to mask serious problems early in the season and thus some early season victories are less indicative of a team's strength. And, unfortunately, I'm beginning to see that this may be the case for this years Colts. Here is what I mean. In the first couple games the O-line could at least get a decent push once in a while, last Sunday it looked like the Rams were calling the snap count and the Colts were reacting to the ball. Likewise, the D-line seemed to work much better on a consistent basis (yes they did give up some yards but they came through when it counted, that's beginning to happen less and less. Even Andrew Luck took a major step back last week (he failed to find open recievers and often missed the ones he saw, and he seemed to misread several defensive alignments as well), which probably had to do with a lack of confidence in either the game plan or his surrounding players or both. I'm concerned that there have been to many injuries, too many players not performing, a vanilla offense, and a defense that appeared to be weak coming into this season finally living up to our low expectations. I know this is negative, someone, anyone give me a reason to believe that this team isn't on it's way to a total meltdown that includes missing the playoffs because I see last week as more than just one blown game. I think it may be a reality. I think it was possibly the most consistently played game of the season for the Colts and I'm afraid that this team has found the consistency that we all were looking for in those games with slow stats, but unfortunately the it means that they play consistently bad. What do you think?