Colts' one flaw could hurt them

Updated: December 19, 2006, 12:46 PM ET
By Jason Langendorf | ESPN.com
A big win is more than just another notch in the "W" column. It can shift momentum and move mountains. It can exorcise demons, define seasons. And if you aren't careful, it can snow you like a traveling encyclopedia salesman.

Always the prettiest beau at the ball, the supposedly all-style-but-no-substance Indianapolis Colts rolled up their sleeves, spit in their palms and slugged it out with the biker chick New England Patriots. And they won. In Foxborough. No major injuries or controversial calls to water down victory, no strings attached. Nothing standing in the way of total absolution and grudging respect.

It's easy to get caught up in another of Indy's as-yet-undefeated seasons, another run at history. The Colts are nice guys finishing first. Coach Tony Dungy is understated and dignified in a profession that rewards neither trait. QB Peyton Manning is not only phenomenally good but genuinely likable. WR Marvin Harrison is a working-man's throwback of a wideout. The defense is stout and finally playing at the level of a true title contender. ...