Colts backup strong safety Melvin Bullitt is out for the season with a broken shoulder. This comes on the heels of starter Bob Sanders being out until at least the end of November as well as backup safety Jamie Silva being out for the season. This is devastating. Bullitt was the starter in the Super Bowl last year. ESPN's AFC South blogger Paul Kuharsky says that the loss could be the backbreaker for the Colts' 2010 season (http://espn.go.com/blog/afcsouth/pos...s-back-breaker).
This is a year in which Manning is somehow bettering himself. He's off to his best statistical start ever and is on pace for 480 completions, 688 attempts and 5,460 yards. The current records are 440 completions (Brees 2007) and 5,084 yards (Marino 1984). He's got a 69.8% completion percentage and a 112.2 qb rating. Statistically, the top 2 receivers in the NFL are Reggie Wayne and Austin Collie, and the top rated NFL tight end is Dallas Clark.
The defense can't stop the run, and the secondary has significant problems. The Colts can't run the ball, and the offensive line has played poorly. This leaves Manning and his receivers. Can the Colts get to the playoffs almost solely on their passing offense, or are the injuries too much to overcome now?