Indianapolis Colts Avoid Winless Season, Won’t Play Peyton Manning

The Indianapolis Colts won’t go 0-16. We know that much.

The Colts’ 27-13 victory against division rival Tennessee on Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium — Indy’s first win of the 2011 season — prevented the franchise from going down in NFL history with the 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers or the 2008 Detroit Lions, the only two teams to ever finish a season without a win.

But beyond the relief of finally breaking through for a win, the Colts still face some questions as they prepare to close out the final two weeks of 2011. Vice Chairman Bill Polian announced after the game that quarterback Peyton Manning would not appear in either of Indy’s last two games against Houston and Jacksonville. Also — believe it or not — there’s a legitimate race in the Andrew Luck Sweepstakes again.

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Indianapolis Colts, New Orleans Saints Meet for First Time Since Super Bowl XLIV

What was the best day in New Orleans Saints franchise history was the worst day for many Indianapolis Colts fans.

With Super Bowl XLIV, which the Saints won 31-17 after recovering an onside kick at the beginning of the second half and then returning a Peyton Manning interception for a touchdown, now far in the rear-view mirror, these two teams meet again, albeit with much different looks.

What kind of chance will the Colts (0-6) have at avenging their Super Bowl loss tonight at 8:20 p.m. at the Louisiana Superdome — without Manning?

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Indianapolis Colts Raise Many Questions in Blowing Lead against Kansas City

So much for the common perception that the Indianapolis Colts’ defense is built to play with a lead.

The Colts’ stop unit surrendered 21 unanswered points after the team’s offense established a 17-point lead, and Indy suffered a crushing 28-24 home loss Sunday to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Now 0-5 for the first time since 1997 after blowing what might have been their best chance to date at their first win of 2011, the Colts go forward with many questions — one of them being when that first victory will come. [Read more…]