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Colts-Texans Rivalry

It has been an interesting offseason so far, but now we have hit one of the offseason's slower and more boring points, so Ive decided to take a look at the Colts rivalry with the Houston Texans. The Colts historically have had rivalries with the Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, and even the San Diego Chargers, however those rivalries mainly thrived before the Colts move to Indianapolis. Before Peyton arrived in Indianapolis the Colts didnt have a distinct rival. Peyton brought not only success but also better competition, especially with the New England Patriots. The Colts-Patriots rivalry wasn't really a true rivalry until it became pretty much Peyton vs Brady, the arguably top 2 QBs dueling it out.That for many years was our rivalry game. Sure the Manning Bowl was always fun to see every once in a while, but it wasn't Peyton vs Brady. Now that Peyton has moved on, our "rivalry" with the Pats isn't what it used to be at all. It's true I still can't stand the Pats, but the game itself has lost several steps. Now we are left without a true rivalry, or are we? For some of us, Colts-Texans has become a bit of a rivalry. Historically it's been one sided, however in the last 2 years its obtained some fire. With the Texans improving, and INDY's recent collapse (2011), it has become more competitive. Alongside with that we also have reason to believe this rivalry can continue through the future, with Houston and Indianapolis both finding young franchise players (Luck and Watt). Can Luck vs Watt become something similar to Peyton vs Brady? Maybe. It may not be the NFL's top 2 QBs battling it out, but instead perhaps the NFL's top QB vs the NFL's top defensive player in the future. The thought of having an in division rival, which we will see twice a year, really interests me. It's true the Texans have only been around since 2002, and it's also true the Texans have never won in Indianapolis (0-11), however there seems to be something stirring between the Colts-Texans. I hope 5 years from now we can view this as a true rivalry, because sports are so much better with rivalries.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Stampede Blue's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Stampede Blue's writers or editors.

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