Last season the Indianapolis Colts flirted with perfection, cruising to a 14-0 record before throwing in the towel.

The Chiefs come to Indy hungry for an upset. If the Colts don't wake up, they might get it.

This season the Colts are 2-2.

Beaten and battered, they will face the undefeated Chiefs Sunday. Should they fail to emerge victorious, the Colts will be in unfamiliar territory — behind the eight ball.

But despite the record and growing feeling of unease around the city, there’s not much of a difference between the 2009 and 2010 Colts.

They still can’t run.

They still can’t stop the run.

The special teams are not so special.

Near-perfect performances from Peyton Manning are often required for victory.

It’s nothing new.

The historic start to the 2009 season makes it easy to forget that seven of the Colts’ 14 regular season victories came by four points or fewer.

The 2010 Colts haven’t been able to mask their deficiencies with the regular-season miracles we’ve all become accustomed to.

Last season, Kelvin Hayden would have atoned for Jim Caldwell’s inexcusable timeout call with a pick-six to lift the Colts to victory over the Jaguars.

Last season, Austin Collie wouldn’t have fumbled inside the Texans’ 10-yard line. The Colts would have cut Houston’s lead to three points in the fourth quarter, and the Texans would have imploded.

For the 2010 Colts to get things back on track they must stop leaving games to chance. They need to come out and put teams away — starting Sunday.

If the Colts let this young, athletic, well-coached Kansas City team hang around too long and gain confidence, they could be in for a major upset.

The Colts have the advantages and they must utilize them.

In previous seasons, all the lucky bounces went the Colts' way. That hasn't been the case in 2010.

The Chiefs haven’t dealt with a crowd like they’ll encounter at Lucas Oil Stadium Sunday.

They haven’t seen a pass rush like Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis bring on the turf. The duo was shut down last week but rarely fizzles out  in back-to-back contests.

They certainly haven’t dealt with a quarterback like Peyton Manning, who will test their defense’s stamina and wits all afternoon.

To right the ship the Colts need to jump on the Chiefs early and often — no comebacks, no late-game heroics, no lucky bounces.

If they don’t, the Colts may finally be out of tricks.

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