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Colts set record with 16 consecutive wins over divisional rivals

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The Indianapolis Colts set an NFL record with 16 consecutive wins over divisional rivals after beating the Houston Texans on Thursday.

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The Indianapolis Colts made history on Thursday, becoming the first team in NFL history to win 16 consecutive games against divisional rivals. Indianapolis faced the AFC South rival Houston Texans on Thursday Night Football, and Chuck Pagano's team pulled out a win to earn the spot in the history books.

Indianapolis got the season started off on the wrong foot with losses to the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets, but they have now won three consecutive games, all against divisional rivals. The Colts picked up their 14th consecutive divisional win by beating the Tennessee Titans in Week 3, and the 15th by besting the Jacksonville Jaguars in overtime in Week 4.

Now they own wins over the whole division through five weeks of the season, which is a great place to be for them after the terrible start in the first two games. Andrew Luck was coming under fire and head coach Chuck Pagano was dealing with rumors that he's coaching for his job this year -- but now the Colts are riding a strong winning streak heading into some tough games on the horizon.

Here is a table with the last 16 games the Colts have played against divisional rivals, via Stampede Blue:

Date Opponent Colts Opponent
12/30/12 Texans 28 16
9/29/13 Jaguars 37 3
11/3/13 Texans 27 24
11/14/13 Titans 30 27
12/1/13 Titans 22 14
12/15/13 Texans 25 3
12/29/13 Jaguars 30 10
9/21/14 Jaguars 44 17
9/28/14 Titans 41 17
10/9/14 Texans 33 28
11/23/14 Jaguars 23 3
12/14/14 Texans 17 10
12/28/14 Titans 27 10
9/27/15 Titans 35 33
10/4/15 Jaguars 16 13
10/8/15 Texans 27 20

The Colts are now at 3-2 on the season, atop the division thanks to the other three teams struggling. Houston falls to 1-4, while the Titans and Jaguars are 1-2 and 1-3, respectively. Tennessee had its bye week last week. The Colts have a long way to go from here, but they achieved something very impressive on Thursday.