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Rivalries are a tricky thing to figure out.

They can pop up unexpectedly https://www.coltsfanshop.com/Matthias-Farley-Jersey , or be entrenched in team history. They can be focused more around a group of players, or they could be so deep that the franchises themselves seem to breed dislike for one another amongst fans and players alike. In the decade from 2000-2010, few rivalries were more noteworthy or exciting than the Colts/Patriots rivalry. Peyton Manning vs Tom Brady was always a good prime time matchup, and over the years the teams took turns disrupting one another in some epic showdowns. Many Patriots fans disdain this “rivalry” for obvious reasons. The Colts haven’t beaten the Patriots in the Andrew Luck era. Their side of the rivalry has been the much the same as the rivalry that new asphalt has with a steamroller. However, Colts fans still feel overwhelmingly as though the Patriots are their primary rival according to the FanPulse results. Why is that?For starters, I think it is because since the Peyton Manning era in Indianapolis, there haven’t been many teams who could hang with the Colts with any regularity. Manning’s Colts ran roughshod over the league with few exceptions. While they had their playoff struggles, they won a lot of games. It is tough to view other teams as rivals when you regularly beat them all. That is certainly a sentiment that Patriots fans can relate to. As a result, the closest thing to a rival that the Indianapolis Colts fans can claim historically, is the Patriots. I believe that may be close to changing Christine Michael Sr Jersey , however. The second team in these rankings is quickly becoming the thorn in the side of this Colts team under Andrew Luck. The Houston Texans stood in the way of the 2015 and 2016 Colts, blocking them from the playoffs. They are positioned well to win the AFC South so long as they continue to take care of business to finish out their season. In truth, the only thing missing that keeps this rivalry from being fully established is that Texans fans and players are not inherently unlikable in the same way that Patriots fans and players are. While you might think that J.J. Watt is a bit pompous at times, he is undoubtedly a very generous person who cares about his community and helped lead an effort to help it recover after Hurricane Harvey. Best of all, he doesn’t seem like he would try to convince you that you should wear Ugg boots and drink kale shakes. Deshaun Watson is an exciting player but doesn’t have the bravado or trash talk that make a team easy to hate. DeAndre Hopkins is stupidly good, but not a guy who engenders a natural hatred. Essentially, this rivalry is just missing a spark. There will be plenty of heat as the two teams continue their collision course toward one another December 9th. The outcome of that contest could have far reaching consequences both for the division and for the prospect of a wild card slot. Whether or not the team is likeable, the fact remains that they have been the most consistent threat to the Colts winning the AFC South since Andrew Luck took over under center. When the Colts have played them, the games are closer and the stakes are typically higher than almost any other game for the Colts. Now that they have a franchise quarterback, this rivalry is likely to get even more competitive. What do you think? Who do you feel is the Colts’ biggest rival? INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Margus Hunt enjoyed playing in Indianapolis so much last season he decided to stick around for two more years with the Colts.And he didn’t give anyone else a chance to weigh in.One week before Hunt was set to become a free agent Pat McAfee Color Rush Jersey , the starting defensive tackle agreed to a new contract assuring he will play a key role as the Colts’ promising young defense tries to take the next step.“They clearly were trying to keep me here,” Hunt said on a conference call with reporters shortly after the deal was announced Tuesday. “The offer that was put in place sounded great, and I didn’t want to leave this kind of a locker room behind, and where it’s heading. I didn’t want to leave that behind and it worked out.”ESPN first reported Hunt would receive $9 million over the next two seasons, terms a person with knowledge of the deal confirmed to The Associated Press. The person requested anonymity because Indianapolis does not release terms of contracts publicly.Hunt, 31, might have been able to get more on the open market after starting 15 games last season and posting career highs in tackles (30), sacks (five) and tackles for loss (13). He also forced one fumble, recovered another and showed the skills that made him a second-round draft pick in 2013.But Hunt liked the fit — on the field and in the locker room — after Indy changed coaches and switched back to a 4-3 defensive front.The Colts liked the results after moving the 6-foot-8, 298-pound lineman from defensive end to defensive tackle https://www.coltsfanshop.com/Jack-Doyle-Jersey , partially because of need but also because his length and quickness made him a disruptive force on the interior line.General manager Chris Ballard told reporters last Wednesday he wanted to keep Hunt and intended to meet with his agent during the NFL’s annual scouting combine, which ended Monday in Indy.It didn’t take long to work it out.“I was really hoping this contract would happen sooner rather than later, so it wasn’t really a hard decision as to whether we should play the market or not,” Hunt said. “I knew if a situation developed where I could be back here in this market and with these guys, it was a no-brainer.”Ballard prefers using salary-cap space to keep his own players whenever possible. He’s already re-signed three key players this offseason — kicker Adam Vinatieri, right guard Mark Glowinski and now Hunt — and he could make more moves before the market opens next Wednesday. The most likely in-house candidates would be safety Clayton Geathers and cornerback Pierre Desir.But with roughly $105 million in cap room, Ballard still has plenty of money to plug holes. And he has Hunt back to help.Hunt was originally drafted by Cincinnati and made 84 tackles and had 7 ½ sacks in four seasons with the Bengals. He joined the Colts as a free agent in 2017 and played primarily as backup that season.“I don’t know if the stars aligned or what happened, but I was able to have a great year,” Hunt said. “Hopefully I can keep progressing and we can have a great year.”
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