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AFC South: It has gotten ugly

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Pop into threads like this one and you'll see the AFC South is about as heated and testy as any in football. This is just a friendly reminder that for a long time our team has kicked the utter crap out of the Titans, Texans, and Jaguars. Our team has started 4-0 one, two, three, four... a lot of times. We've won a lot of football games for many years. Now, in 2008, for the first time since 2001, the Colts are off to a rough start. Injuries are mostly the culprit, but also inconsistent play and bad breaks (Ed Johnson, Quinn Pitcock). This, combined with Tennessee's fast start, will likely motivate Titans fans, and other fans, to come in here and crow.

Yes, it is indeed pathetic, but when you have sucked for such a long time I guess your sense of perspective gets screwy.

We've seen a lot of success in Indy. Our franchise is the model for the NFL. If it all ended right now, there would be no regrets. Only happy memories and loads of smack talk material. But the reality is this isn't over. The Colts are one of the youngest teams in football. Peyton is still just 32. And, as we all know from long experience, the NFL season can change on a dime. Last year, the Chargers started 1-4 and were written off. They beat our Colts twice that year. In 2005, the Patriots started very slowly and were decimated by horrible injuries. They finished 10-6 and won a playoff game. Last year the Lions started 6-2 and then won one game the rest of the season.

Anything can, and oftentimes does, happen.

So, this season is by no means over. The Colts are 1-2 despite having a ton of crappy luck. That will eventually change. They will, eventually, get healthy. It is just a matter of time. Others may wish and hope and pray it doesn't happen, but they are just foolish. The smart money says the Colts will be in the mix to win this division by the second half of the second. Same with Jacksonville. Same with Tennessee. And maybe the same with Houston. You never know.