The tenure of Chuck Pagano came to an end for the Indianapolis Colts, but at least the coach went out with a victory. Those were hard to get this season which is why the team parted ways with Pagano after six seasons. He inherited a team that finished 2-14 the season before his arrival, but used the top pick in the draft to select Andrew Luck. In his first year the Colts went 11-5 and reached the postseason with a nine-game improvement.
Two more 11-win seasons and AFC South titles highlighted Pagano’s run. The Colts reached the AFC Championship Game after the 2014 season, but things started to go downhill after that until bottoming out this year. Not having Luck all season certainly didn’t help matters and the Colts missed out on the playoffs for a third straight season.
The team has had consistency at the top post with just four head coaches over the past 20 seasons. Pagano’s successor should have a healthy Luck once the 2018 campaign gets underway and could that man be Jim Harbaugh? Several names have been tossed around, including the likely suspects such as Josh McDaniel. But hiring Harbaugh makes sense. He’s worn out his welcome at Michigan and he has ties to Indy having played there for four seasons in the 90s. And there’s the Luck connection. Harbaugh coached Luck during his time at Stanford.
2017 Record: 4-12
2017 ATS Record: 8-8
2017 Over/Under Total Record: 6-10
Current Super Bowl Odds: N/A
Current Odds to Win AFC: N/A
Current Odds to Win AFC South: N/A
Week 17: Colts 22, Texans 13
ATS Result: Colts -5.5
Over/Under Total Result: Under 41.5
The Colts escaped the cellar in the AFC North with their win over the Texans to stop a six-game losing streak. It wasn’t enough however to save Pagano’s job. And unlike some previous games, the Colts actually won the second half, outscoring Houston 15-0 over the final 30 minutes for the cover win.
Week 16: Ravens 23, Colts 16
ATS Result: Colts +13.5
Over/Under Total Result: Under 41
The Colts didn’t commit a turnover, but they again had trouble scoring points, managing just one touchdown and three Adam Vinatieri field goals. Dropped passes hurt and defensive penalties extended drives, but the Colts had a chance to tie or go for the win after Anthony Walker blocked a punt late in the fourth. Indy got to the Ravens 10, but Brissett was sacked on third down and tossed an incompletion on the next play ending another frustrating game, but covering the 13.5-point line.
Week 15: Broncos 25, Colts 13
ATS Result: Broncos -3
Over/Under Total Result: Under 40.5
If the Colts never had a lead the losses might be easier to take. But for the ninth time this season, they led at halftime only to lose. Indy built a 10-0 lead on Jacoby Brisset’s touchdown run and Adam Vinatieri’s field goal. Leading 13-7 early in the third, the Colts went cold, couldn’t score and watched Brock Osweiler lead the Broncos to 18 straight points, handing the Colts their fourth straight ATS loss.
Week 14: Bills 13, Colts 7 (OT)
ATS Result: Bills -3.5
Over/Under Total Result: Under 36.5
It looked like a loss, then it looked like a win then it could have been a tie. It finally ended with the Colts suffering their second OT loss of the season. Given the conditions there weren’t going to be a lot of points. Trailing 7-0 Brissett’s touchdown pass with 76 second left got Indy within a point, but the successful 2-point conversion was waived off due to a penalty. Adam Vinatieri banged home the long PAT, but the Bills got the game-winner and cover on LeSean McCoy’s scoring run late in OT.
Week 13: Jaguars 30, Colts 10
ATS Result: Jaguars -10
Over/Under Total Result: Under 41
Outside of a 40-yard bomb from Brissett to T.Y. Hilton in the third quarter, the Colts did little again against the league’s top defense. Meanwhile, Blake Bortles picked the defense apart, throwing for 309 yards and a pair of scores helping the Jags send Indy to its second straight ATS loss.
Week 12: Titans 20, Colts 16
ATS Result: Titans -3
Over/Under Total Result: Under 46.5
Frank Gore’s touchdown run late in the first half broke a tie and Adam Vinatieri extended the lead to 10 points with a third quarter field goal. But the Colts could do little offensively after that and a critical turnover by Marlon Mack allowed Tennessee back in the game. The Titans scored one play after recovering the fumble and got the game-winning touchdown with just under six minutes left, sending the Colts to the ATS loss.
Week 11: BYE
Week 10: Steelers 20, Colts 17
ATS Result: Colts +10.5
Over/Under Total Result: Under 47
On the strength of Brissett’s two bombs and a shutdown defensive effort from the worst unit in the NFL, the Colts built a 17-3 lead only to watch it disappear in the fourth quarter. Indy did cover the 10-point spread for their third straight ATS win, but the under was a winner for the second straight outing.
Week 9: Colts 20, Texans 14
ATS Result: Colts +6
Over/Under Total Result: Under 45
The Colts tried to give it away in the fourth quarter, but they held on this time to win outright as a 6-point dog. Brissett’s two scoring passes and a pair of Adam Vinatieri field goals gave Indy a 20-7 lead in the fourth. Houston got it first offensive touchdown midway through the frame and had a chance to win the game with a first-and-goal at the Colts 7-yard line. The D came up big forcing three incompletions and sacking Savage on fourth down with less than a minute left to get the win.
Week 8: Bengals 24, Colts 23
ATS Result: Colts +11
Over/Under Total Result: Over 44
The Colts cleaned things up and played one of their better games, but the result was familiar. Holding a 23-17 lead midway through the fourth quarter and a chance for a game-sealing drive, Brissett had his pass tipped, intercepted and returned for a touchdown by Carlos Dunlap. A sack on their final possession and a turnover on downs ended the game, though Indy covered the 11-point spread.
Week 7: Jaguars 27, Colts 0
ATS Result: Jaguars -3
Over/Under Total Result: Under 41
The Colts hadn’t been shut out in a regular season game since 1993 but they never sniffed the endzone against the Jags, failing to cover the spread for a second straight game. They managed just 232 yards of offense and allowed 10 sacks, which prompted finger-pointing from Hilton and the crack just opened up a bit more. It was a complete failure on both sides of the football, leaving the Colts searching for more answers to new questions.
Week 6: Titans 36, Colts 22
ATS Result: Titans -7
Over/Under Total Result: Over 46.5
Another disastrous second half cost the Colts another game. Indy played flawlessly in the first half, opening a 13-9 lead and used a John Simon pick-six to increase the lead early in the third quarter. But Adam Vinatieri missed the PAT and things went downhill from there. The Titans reeled off 27 of the next 30 points to win the game in a rout, covering the 7-point spread. The second half explosion allowed Indy to cash the over in a fourth straight game.
Week 5: Colts 26, 49ers 23 (OT)
ATS Result: Colts -1
Over/Under Total Result: Over 43.5
Another fourth quarter letdown nearly cost the Colts, but Adam Vinatieri came to the rescue again, hitting a 51-yard field goal in overtime. Indy seemingly had an easy cover win with a 23-9 lead with eight minutes left in the fourth, but the Niners stormed back to tie the game and cash the over with a late score. Brissett tossed a pick at the goalline in OT, but the defense held before Marlon Mack moved them into position to get the ATS win.
Week 4: Seahawks 46, Colts 18
ATS Result: Seahawks -12.5
Over/Under Total Result: Over 41.5
Things were looking good for Colts backers at the break with a 5-point lead and 12.5-points in the bank. But the tide turned in a span of 13 seconds in the third quarter, ending Indy’s run of two straight covers. With the game tied 18-18, J.D. McKissic ripped off a touchdown run. On the first play of Indy’s next possession, Brissett was strip-sacked with Bobby Wagner rumbling for Seattle’s second defensive score of the game. Seattle scored the final 28 points to easily cash the over.
Week 3: Colts 31, Browns 28
ATS Result: Colts +1
Over/Under Total Result: Over 42
Apparently the Colts didn’t appreciate being an underdog to the Browns. Behind three first half Brissett touchdowns, Indy built a 28-7 first half lead and held on for their second straight cover win and first SU victory of the season. The Colts scored more points in the first half than they did in their previous two games combined and easily cashed the over for the second time in three games.
Week 2: Cardinals 16, Colts 13 (OT)
ATS Result: Colts +7
Over/Under Total Result: Under 44
The Colts covered the 7-point spread, but if you ask them they should have won the game. After kicking a field goal to go up 13-3 early in the fourth quarter, the offense stalled and a few inopportune penalties allowed Arizona to catch up. The Colts killed off just four and a half minutes over their final three possessions and dodged a bullet when the Cards missed a field goal try at the end of regulation. With a reprieve in overtime, Brissett tossed a pick on the first play and the Cards cashed it in.
Week 1: Rams 46, Colts 9
ATS Result: Rams -3.5
Over/Under Total Result: Over 41.5
Before the seats were even warm the Colts found themselves trailing 10-0 and never could catch up. The line jumped the fence when news that Luck wouldn’t play came out and getting spotted 3.5-points wasn’t nearly enough. The Colts were behind 37-3 by the time they scored their first touchdown and they surrendered nine more points after that, allowing the Rams to eclipse the total by themselves.
Preseason Record: 2-2
ATS Record: 1-2-1
Over/Under Total Record: 1-3
The last time someone other than Andrew Luck started a season opener for the Colts was back in 2011 when Kerry Collins got the nod. That happened to be the year in between Peyton Manning and Luck when the Colts went 2-14, secured the No. 1 overall pick and landed Luck in the draft. The team is hoping to have Luck back soon as he continues to recover from shoulder surgery and the longer he remains out, the less likely the Colts are to win games.
Week 1: Colts at Rams, Sunday, September 10, 4:05 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 2: Colts vs. Cardinals, Sunday, September 17, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 3: Colts vs. Browns, Sunday, September 24, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 4: Colts at Seahawks, Sunday, October 1, 8:30 p.m. ET – NBC
Week 5: Colts vs. 49ers, Sunday, October 8, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 6: Colts at Titans, Monday, October 16, 8:30 p.m. ET – ESPN
Week 7: Colts vs. Jaguars, Sunday, October 22, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 8: Colts at Bengals, Sunday, October 29, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 9: Colts at Texans, Sunday, November 5, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 10: Colts vs. Steelers, Sunday, November 12, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 11: Bye Week
Week 12: Colts vs. Titans, Sunday, November 26, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 13: Colts at Jaguars, Sunday, December 3, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 14: Colts at Bills, Sunday, December 10, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 15: Colts vs. Broncos, Thursday, December 14, 8:25 p.m. ET – NBC
Week 16: Colts at Ravens, Saturday, December 23, 4:30 p.m. ET – NFL
Week 17: Colts vs. Texans, Sunday, December 31, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
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