After Andrew Luck and his Colts roared back in the second half to defeat the Green Bay Packers, the credit was given to the emotions of "CHUCKSTRONG." Many thought that the team put so much emotion into the game, that it may have just been the one feel good moment of the season. Those same people believed that even more so after the New York Jets hammered that very Colts team one week later. Luck looked awful, the defense couldn't stop Sanchez or the run game, and it appeared they were out of gas from that comeback vs the Packers.
Since then, the Colts have won two straight games, the most recent coming off another Andrew Luck led comeback. Luck brought his Colts 80 yards down the field, and ended the drive right with a Delone Carter 1 yard touchdown to tie the score with just over 3 minutes to go.
Luck, in overtime finished it off, after he dumped off a pass to Vick Ballard that was run into the end zone giving the Colts a 4 and 3 record.
Luck has been as good as advertised, minus the Jets game. He has given that offense a spark, which has made them a formidable group. With 4 wins after 7 games, there's no reason to think the Colts shouldn't be in the playoff mix.
The team is united, and right now Andrew Luck has proven to be extremely efficient and clutch.
Reggie Wayne is one of the best receivers in the league this season, and nobody saw that coming in Lucks' first season.
Luck is good enough to keep this offense potent, and playoff material. It's the running game and defense that may not be able to hold up.
With games remaining against Miami, Jacksonville, New England, Buffalo, Detroit, Tennessee, Houston, Kansas City, and then Houston once more it will be tough to win 6 games in that mix.
The reality though, is that this years AFC teams are so mediocre that 9 wins could get a wildcard, so 5 more wins for Indianapolis isn't out of the question.
For them to make a playoff push, the defense needs to improve a ton.
Andrew Luck on the other hand, just needs to keep doing what he's doing. That will be enough, with help on the other side of the ball, to get the Colts a date in January.