Colts linebacker Darius Leonard reacts after a big play.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - NOVEMBER 17: Indianapolis Colts linebacker Darius Leonard (53) celebrates on the field during the NFL game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Indianapolis Colts on November 17, 2019 at Lucas Oil Stadium, in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Ask JMV: At What Point do the Colts Become Legitimate Super Bowl Contenders?

Heading into Week 5 of the NFL season against the Cleveland Browns with a three game winning streak, the Indianapolis Colts are oozing with confidence following a dominant defensive performance in Chicago. On The Ride with JMV Tuesday afternoon, JMV took a question from a listener asking at what point of the season will the Colts be looked at as a legitimate Super Bowl contender.

“You’re going have to run roughshod over a couple good teams here if you catch my drift,” JMV said. “If you can take care of the better teams on your schedule that are coming up, then we can probably start talking it up.”

After the first three weeks of the season, the first three Colts opponents in Jacksonville, Minnesota, and the New York Jets were a combined 1-8. They did hand the Bears their first loss this past Sunday, but with a four week stretch of the Baltimore Ravens, Green Bay Packers, and the Tennessee Titans twice, it’s going to be put up or shut up time for Frank Reich’s crew.

“If you can run those four games and go 3-1 over that stretch, then you may start getting a noteworthy conversation of that variety,” JMV added.

Indianapolis can’t look past the Browns either. Cleveland has started this season with the number one rushing offense in the NFL. This past week, they exploded with 49 points in a win at Dallas, but they have lost star running back Nick Chubb due to a MCL sprain. It is expected that 2017 NFL rushing leader Kareem Hunt will take his place in the starting lineup for the 3-1 Browns.

The Colts are dealing with the injury bug as well. Darius Leonard (groin), Bobby Okereke (thumb), Anthony Castonzo (ribs), E.J. Speed (elbow), and T.J. Carrie (hamstring) are all being evaluated this week per Reich to see if they will be able to play in Cleveland.

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