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There are any number of reasons why the Colts are currently 4-1 and one of the top teams in the AFC.
A surprising defense is one of the key reasons. The Colts' defense, specifically the secondary, has played extremely well over the last three weeks, especially at key times. The Colts have are just 16th in yards per drive, but are fifth in third down conversion percentage, eighth in turnovers forced per drive and ninth in points allowed per drive.
The Colts' running game is also surprisingly effective, currently ranking second in the league in running DVOA, something we never ever would have expected after the Colts' inability to run the ball last season.
T.Y. Hilton looks to be back, Reggie Wayne has been a possession monster and Robert Mathis is having one of the best starts to a season ever. Don't forget Cory Redding and Antoine Bethea as well, who have been the motors behind the defensive resurgence.
But there is one main reason why the Colts are legitimate Super Bowl contenders right now. One reason that branches over everything and makes it all come together as wins. He's the reason why the Colts allowed the greatest quarterback ever leave. And right now, you can't even be upset about that.
Andrew Luck is currently performing like a top five quarterback. It's his second year in the league.
He's breaking all the rules, all the traditional expectations for young quarterbacks. And yet, somehow, we're still overlooking it.