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Why Indy is in trouble right now

Peyton Manning's ineffectiveness, injuries and poor defense may doom Colts

Updated: December 7, 2010, 1:43 PM ET
By Vince Verhei | Football Outsiders
Peyton ManningAP Photo/AJ MastPeyton Manning and the Colts have struggled so far this season.

The Indianapolis Colts haven't missed the postseason since the 2001 campaign, but that streak is currently in serious jeopardy. The Colts' 38-35 overtime loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday made several facts clear: Peyton Manning is suffering through his worst season in a decade, the rushing attack is worthless and opposing running backs are finding easy yardage both on the ground and through the air.

It all starts with Manning, though, who threw four interceptions (two of them returned for touchdowns) against the Cowboys and has now thrown 11 picks in his last three games. That's entirely unprecedented -- he's never thrown more than eight picks in any three-game stretch in his career before. In fact, we have to go back to his rookie season in 1998 to find the most recent time he threw 11 picks in a four-game stretch.