Why The Colts Are Heading For Super Bowl XLVIII
The more I see this side the more I am convinced they are the real deal and capable of going all the way.
I am not going to be as bold as to guarantee they will lift the Lombardi Trophy – but I firmly believe this side has what it takes to reach the MetLife Stadium on February 2.
A 27-24 comeback win in Houston coming off a bye week leaves the Colts 6-2 heading into week ten, ranked fourth in the AFC and well on course for a play-off spot.
Losses against Miami in week two and San Diego in week six respectively will undoubtedly disappoint Indy, but three of their wins have come against sides hotly tipped to do well.
Victory at Candlestick Park against the 49ers in week three signalled their intentions, before home wins against the otherwise unbeaten Seahawks and Broncos have shown their ability to beat the best.
The stats do look modest for the Colts; they are ranked only 19th in the NFL in total offense and 22nd in total defense.
But sometimes stats do not tell the whole story, and to lie 6-2 following a tough fixture list to date is a good achievement for a young side.
What is it about the Colts that has sold me so much you may ask? They know how to win.
For such a young QB, Andrew Luck defines the term clutch. The 24 year old already has ten game- winning drives to his name and continues to deliver under pressure.
Luck currently has only three interceptions to his name in 2013, displaying the sort of ball security and productivity that essentially wins games in the NFL.
The former Stanford man and No.1 draft pick overall displays characteristics rare in such a young man, and I am convinced that he is now in a position to lead a charge deep into the play-offs.
With a rushing game ranked 12th in the NFL and offensive weapons such as Ty Hilton and Darius Heyward-Bey to support him, Luck has the tools at his disposal to take the Colts a long way.
It may not be a side filled with stars, but this Colts team is solid throughout and importantly knows how to win games.
Their ability to deliver under intense scrutiny with their backs against the wall is sure to stand them in good stead. They have already proved they can beat the best, and there is no reason they can’t do the same when they reach the play-offs.