The NFC West, or at least the top two teams, was supposed to be the class of the NFL.
So what does that say about the Indianapolis Colts?
The Colts already dominated the 49ers at San Francisco a couple weeks ago. Their Week 5 game wasn't as easy, but it was still a statement-making 34-28 victory against the previously 4-0 Seahawks.
The Colts, who were 2-14 in 2011, the season before coach Chuck Pagano and quarterback Andrew Luck arrived, are 15-6 the last two seasons and seem like a good bet to head back to the playoffs after improving to 4-1.
The impact of Luck on the franchise can't be understated.
Luck continues his march to being one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL. He went 16-of-29 for 229 yards and two touchdowns against the best secondary in the league. Even with Trent Richardson averaging 3.1 yards per carry (at some point, Richardson has to do something to justify that trade with Cleveland and show he's a special NFL talent), the Colts put up 34 points and came back to beat a really good Seattle team.
The Colts, who hit rock bottom just two years ago and moved on from Peyton Manning, are in first place in the NFC South and look like they might stay there. All rebuilding projects should go so smoothly.