Anyone looking for proof Indianapolis won't be the team that hoists the Lombardi Trophy on Feb. 2 in East Rutherford, N.J., doesn't need to look hard to find it. There are 32 teams in the NFL, and 31 of them won't celebrate under the confetti after the final game of the season.
The odds are ever in detractors' favor.
Just don't fall into the trap of believing anything that happens one Sunday will mean much for the next.
Every week in the NFL is a season unto itself. Teams gameplan specifically for one opponents' weakness, then move on to the next. There's a reason the cliche "one game at a time" is so popular.
The weaknesses Indianapolis put on film against the Raiders this week will haunt the team until they're fixed. But no two weeks in the NFL tend to play out the same way.
For now, the Colts are one of 16 champions from Week 1. Whether that fills you heart with joy or fear, fret not.
A new season begins Sunday against Miami.