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Can The Indianapolis Colts Break The Super Bowl Losing-Team Trend?

As we all know, the Indianapolis Colts last game was against the New Orleans Saints in Super Bowl 44. And, as everybody knows, Tracy Porter ended the game by picking off Peyton Manning for a 31-17 win.

But now, many our doubting the Indianapolis Colts once again. This time for the 2010-11 NFL season.

Last season, they were saying it will be tough for the Colts to make it to the playoffs with Marvin Harrison gone and with the other teams in the AFC South rising. Bull.

The Colts managed to go to 14 straight wins and make it to the big show. So what if some of those games they got lucky? When it all goes down, it’s a win. A win is a win. Just simple as that.

Now here we go again.

Now many of the critics say that the Houston Texans will rise over Indy. Nope. Their time will come, but it’s too early to say for this year. Although, in my opinion, I do see them making the playoffs finally.

And then there’s another thing about them not making it back to the Super Bowl. I can see why.

Let’s look back at the past ten Super Bowl teams that lost.

In 2000, the Tennessee Titans fell one yard short to the St. Louis Rams. They have never made it back to the Super Bowl and have struggled since then pretty much. Their best year came in the 2008-09 season, but failed against the Baltimore Ravens.

Then came the New York Giants, who got smothered by the Baltimore Ravens, 34-7. However, they managed to come back to the Super Bowl, beating the then-undefeated New England Patriots 17-14.

The St. Louis Rams got knocked off by the New England Patriots in the 2002 Super Bowl, 20-17. Since then, they have failed to make it to the Super Bowl and are now known as one of them bottom three teams in the National Football League right now.

Then came the Oakland Raiders getting destroyed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 48-21. Since that loss, they have not even managed to go towards a single playoff appearance. But now, after almost a decade, they finally have high hopes of a playoff berth for this season.

Then along came the Carolina Panthers, barely losing to the New England Patriots in a 32-29 loss. The Panthers have made it to the playoffs a couple times, but never managed to get to another Super Bowl appearance.

Then came the Philadelphia Eagles getting beaten by the Patriots in 2005, 24-21. They have made it to the playoffs many times after that, but they couldn’t get a Super Bowl appearance.

Then the Pittsburgh Steelers came in 2006, knocking off the Seattle Seahawks 21-10. The Seahawks haven’t returned to the same form since then. They have been struggling and could be heading for another bad year.

Then came the Chicago Bears, who lost to the Indianapolis Colts 29-17. The Bears have been a struggling squad since then and are a long way from returning towards that form.

In 2008, the New York Giants surprised the Patriots in a 17-14 victory. But since then, the Patriots haven’t returned to the Super Bowl, let alone not even get past the first round of the playoffs.

And then the Arizona Cardinals got beat by the Steelers, 27-23, in the 2009 Super Bowl. The Cardinals managed to get back to the playoffs, but not the Super Bowl after getting smothered by the New Orleans Saints, 45-14, in the divisional round of the playoffs.

Now the Colts, who lost to the Saints, enter 2010 with hopes of returning to the Super Bowl. For the past decade, only one team managed to make it back, but it took six years! The Colts can’t afford to let that happen to them.

The Colts can return. The receivers in Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie are improved. Then Anthony Gonzalez has finally returned, which gives Indianapolis five good receiving targets on their squad.

I believe Joseph Addai and Donald Brown can create a strong rushing attack, something the Colts needed for a while after struggling running the ball for the past two seasons.

And of course, there is Peyton Manning. You just cannot deny him. When the game is on the line, this is the guy you can count on.

And there is also the defense. The Colts have added a new pass rusher to their squad in Jerry Hughes. He’ll be needed in a rotation with Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney.

The linebacking corps has a lot of hope and so do the corners, who played excellent last season and are looking to be shutdown-type corners coming into 2010.

Everything is going good. The Colts can prove doubters wrong, but this time, the expectations are much higher than what it was last year.

Can the Colts return?

Hey, anything is possible.

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