The Herald Bulletin
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Last season the team turned low expectations into a storybook playoff run that had the entire National Football League buzzing. This year, with new assistant coaches in place and a new offensive scheme, little again was forecast for the Colts.
But after four weeks they are 3-1 with one of the wins a road triumph against last season’s Super Bowl runner-up San Francisco. The past two weeks the defense has been nearly impenetrable. The offense has been good and still capable of more.
While it is easy to feel good about the start, the telling portion of the team’s season begins this Sunday. The next four games will likely determine the ultimate destination of the 2013 trip. It starts with the unbeaten Seattle Seahawks Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium. Next there is a Monday night game at San Diego followed by a Sunday night game at Lucas Oil Stadium against former Colts quarterback Peyton Manning and the high-powered Denver Broncos. The final game comes after the bye week on Nov. 3 at Houston.
This time of year the baseball playoffs are underway, NASCAR has entered its Sprint Cup chase for the championship and the Indiana Pacers have opened training camp. But for the past several years, nothing tops the local interest in the Colts.
That hasn’t changed one bit this season.
Cars are decked out with Colts flags, decals and license plates. People are wearing their Colts attire and not just on game days. The area is definitely Colts Strong.
But this area’s fans aren’t bandwagon jumpers. They showed their love of the team and faith in its components all the way back in late July when the Colts arrived in Anderson for training camp. The team has consistently performed above the expectations of those outside of Indiana and up to the beliefs of those who support the team from within the state.
This is an exciting time to be a Colts fan and it is likely to only get better.
In summary Despite some critical injuries, the Indianapolis Colts have started taking their fans on another remarkable journey. Where the trip will end is anybody's guess.