Following the Indianapolis Colts’ season-opening blunder, things looked bad. After the Jaguars gutted the Colts’ defense and sent them into their bye week 1-2, things looked worse. With less than 5:00 to play against the Texans, things looked hopeless.

If Peyton and Marvin are healthy and on the same page, maybe there is hope in Indy.

If Peyton and Marvin are healthy and on the same page, maybe there is hope in Indy.

Yet, here the Colts sit at 3-2 heading into Week 7. I’m not an “if the playoffs started today” guy, but if they did, the Colts would be participating.

Many have handed the 5-0 Tennessee Titans the division crown, but the Colts control their own destiny in the division. It’s been a rocky ride to say the least, but all things considered, the Colts are in decent shape.

Sunday’s manhandling of the physical Baltimore Ravens was a good sign on many fronts for the Colts.

While the defensive performance must be taken with a grain of salt – given that the Ravens’ offense has been inept for years and boasts a rookie quarterback, it was still impressive.

Forget the five turnovers, the Colts actually … gasp … tackled on Sunday and allowed just 2.7 yards per rush.

More impressive for the Colts was the offense’s ability to move the ball against the league’s top defense.

Peyton Manning finally looked comfortable in the pocket and got on the same page – most of the time – with Marvin Harrison.

Without Joseph Addai – who left early with a hamstring injury – Dominic Rhodes was able to give the Colts a semblance of a running game for the first time all season, gaining 73 yards on 25 carries.

If there’s been a consistent for the Colts this season, it’s been the special teams. That didn’t change Sunday. Adam Vinatieri regularly crushed kickoffs into the end zone and the Ravens’ average starting field position was their own 18 yard line. Meanwhile, Hunter Smith place three punts inside the Ravens’ 20.

Looking forward, offensive guard Ryan Lilja and outside linebacker Tyjuan Hagler will likely make their season debuts for the Colts within the next few weeks.
Additionally, Bob Sanders and offensive tackle Tony Ugoh should recover from early-season injuries in the same time frame.

With five games in the books, the Colts appear to have shaken off the rust. However, their two biggest challenges to date stand in front of them – a road trip to Lambeau Field Sunday and a Monday night visit to Tennessee Oct. 27.

Come November, we’ll better know if Sunday’s massacre of the Ravens was an aberration, or an indicator of things to come.

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