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Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning looks to throw the ball downfield during player warm ups prior to their game against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas on November 29, 2009. UPI/Aaron M. Sprecher Photo via Newscom

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For weeks, the winless Colts have claimed to be close to a breakthrough. They look closer to a breakdown. The Colts were routed 31-7 at home against Atlanta in a loss that was more disappointing than most of the other eight. Even with Peyton Manning out indefinitely after neck surgery, the collapse is shocking for a franchise that expects to compete for a trip to the Super Bowl every year. ''I haven't had nightmares like that in a long time,'' coach Jim Caldwell said when asked if he ever dreamed the Colts could go 0-9. ''It's not something that you anticipate is going to happen. Indy (0-9) had been competitive at home this season. The Colts were within two points in the second half against Cleveland, Pittsburgh needed a late field goal to win and Kansas City had to overcome a 24-7 deficit at Lucas Oil Stadium. This game wasn't close in any way. It was the Colts' worst home loss since a 31-3 defeat to Seattle on Sept. 14, 1997, the year before Manning arrived. Indy was held to ...
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