Found November 09, 2012 on Football Nation:
On Thursday night the Indianapolis Colts controlled the Jacksonville Jaguars to improve their record to 6-3.Even if it was against the hapless Jaguars, beating a team on the road with only four days rest is pretty impressive.The 2011 Colts were the NFL's version of a dog that's so ugly it's cute, but in 2012 they have made a complete turnaround.Coming into Thursday's game the Colts were 3rd in the AFC in total offense, and 7th in total defense. After their 2011 season, it isn’t easy for people to buy Indy as the real deal but here are some reasons why believing in them isn’t quite as crazy as it sounds.The AFC has no dominant teams: The 7-1 Houston Texans are most people's favorite to win the AFC but of their seven wins, only two were against winning teams. The Colts have just as many. Houston faces a tough test this week in Chicago which could very well leave them just one game ahead of Indianapolis in the South.The Texans are a legitimate AFC favorite but t...
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