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Colts news: Philip Rivers, Darius Leonard convinced 5-2 record is no longer an illusion

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A better Indianapolis Colts squad has emerged midway through the 2020 NFL season. Colts head coach Frank Reich and his men currently hold a 5-2 record to place second in the AFC South division as they head to Week 9 proceedings. Their performance as of late has given Philip Rivers and company a newfound hope and optimism for a better showing for the remainder of the season.

Linebacker Darius Leonard vowed to never look back in the past season and instead put their focus on their present situation.

Per Mike Chappell of FOX 59:

“New team, new season,’’ the heart and soul of the NFL’s 3rd-ranked defense said. “None of that should even matter.’’

All-Pro guard Quenton Nelson echoed the same sentiments and vowed to remain aggressive in their coming games:

“We’re just going to attack every single game,’’ he said. “We’re a different team. We’re not looking back.’’

Lastly, quarterback Philip Rivers believes in the capabilities of the players that they currently have at the helm:

“I think we can learn from last year. We won’t talk too much about that, we really won’t. Last year was last year. It’s a different team. We are just going to focus on trying to build from where we are right now.’’

Their impressive start in the season ultimately makes them believe that they have a chance to do something special moving forward:

“It’s still early,’’ he said. “We want to be sitting at the top (of the AFC South) when week 17 is over. We’re in a position to have a chance to accomplish all we want to accomplish.”

The Indy-based squad concluded last season with a 7-9 record for the third spot in their division which left them out of the playoff race altogether. However, things have become better as the team’s defense has already established itself as one of the league’s best, placing third in yards per game and yards per play along with a league-leading 11 interceptions made, though Philip Rivers is far from satisfied.

Their improvement as a unit will be key as Rivers and the rest of the Colts will hope to change the narrative of the team this season and finally make noise in the postseason picture.