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A finesse team in the past, Indianapolis now thriving with smashmouth approach

Originally Published: September 25, 2013
By Ashley Fox | ESPN.com

Andrew Luck doesn't believe in statement games. To Luck, a win is nothing more than that: a win. One game. Nothing more.

But in thrashing the San Francisco 49ers 27-7 on the road in front of a frothing crowd last Sunday, the Indianapolis Colts made a statement. Last season, with 11 wins and a playoff appearance, was no fluke. The Colts are for real. Every team in the AFC is chasing Denver, but Indianapolis is not that far behind.

Why? These aren't Peyton Manning's Colts anymore.

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