Colts fans have kept their faith

In same sit­u­a­tion, Dol­phins dis­ci­ples aren’t as op­ti­mistic

South Florida Sun-Sentinel Palm Beach (Sunday) - - SPORTS -

IN­DI­ANAPO­LIS — Ev­ery­where you walk in this town suf­fer­ing from the early grasp of win­ter — cold air, grey skies, wind that bites — there’s a goofy sign with the same words: “Go Colts.”

That’s it. Noth­ing more. Just that plain sign giv­ing that plain­tive mes­sage of Mid­west­ern hope from store win­dows, on light posts and in the rear win­dow of cars.

Their team is 5-5, same as the Mi­ami Dol­phins. They’ve un­der­gone sweep­ing changes to the fran­chise in re­cent years, same as the Dol­phins. They had sim­i­lar prob­lems as the Dol­phins last off­sea­son, too, from re­cov­er­ing quar­ter­backs to an of­fen­sive line need­ing re­build­ing.

But, be­lieve it or not, they’re be­liev­ing in their Colts here in a man­ner South Flor­ida doesn’t in the Dol­phins as th­ese teams ef­fec­tively play an elim­i­na­tion game for the AFC’s fi­nal play­off spot on Sun­day.

There’s rea­son why, too. The Colts have An­drew Luck re­cov­ered from shoul­der prob­lems and play­ing again this sea­son like one of the game’s top quar­ter­backs and he lifts a full fran­chise.

Since a 1-5 start, Luck’s of­fense has av­er­aged 36.5 points the past four games, all wins. That’s sec­ond-best in the league to New Or­leans over that span. To put all this in lo­cal per­spec­tive,

Dave Hyde

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