The slate has been wiped clean in Indianapolis where the Colts will now be lead into battle by Frank Reich who is a polished backup quarterback most known for leading his teams to some memorable comebacks at the collegiate and professional levels. He was also the offensive coordinator for the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles last season. He’ll be calling the shots for the offense again this season, while Matt Eberflus who cut his defensive chops under Rod Marinelli in Dallas gets the defensive coordinator gig.
Regardless of the moves the Colts made this past offseason, and they did make a couple to improve the roster via free agency and the draft, the success or lack thereof in 2018 hinges fully upon a healthy Andrew Luck lining up under center a majority of the season. Indy’s quarterback play was so mediocre last season that Jacoby Brissett was ultimately a huge upgrade. He only threw for 3098 yards and boasted an 81.7 QB rating.
With Luck at the helm, the Colts offense takes on a completely different persona. We’re talking about a quarterback that’s thrown for over 4,000 yards in three of the four seasons he managed to remain injury free. On top of that, he’s thrown for 30 or more touchdowns in each of the last two seasons he avoided IR. Indy covered half its games against the NFL betting odds last season, so the talent is there. Luck is the straw that needs to be present to stir the drink.
Supposedly, Luck is taking the necessary steps to come back fully healthy this season. He came out and stated that he rushed it a bit last season, and because of it, he was never able to feel good enough to take to the gridiron. His current program has him looking ripped, and supposedly his arm is in great shape. Training camp is the target for him to return to live action. That should be music to the ears of Colts fans and bettors.
Indianapolis opened with a 6.5 season win total, and that’s exactly where it currently sits with moderate juice attached to the high side of the number. Though they won only four games last season, they’re 60-1 longshots to win Super Bowl LII, near 30-1 dogs to win the AFC and are expected to bring up the rear of the AFC south standings ( +570 ).
If the pickups on the O-Line in the draft mesh immediately, and the defense comes around, you might want to think about investing in some Colts futures if Luck is 100 percent healthy. There’s talent in the cupboard and the schedule is more than manageable. Indianapolis could pull off one of those worst to first runs should the football gods smile down upon them this season.
Week 1: Bengals at Colts, Sunday, September 9, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 2: Colts at Redskins, Sunday, September 16, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 3: Colts at Eagles, Sunday, September 23, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 4: Texans at Colts, Sunday, September 30, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 5: Colts at Patriots, Thursday, October 4, 8:20 p.m. ET – FOX/NFL Network
Week 6: Colts at Jets, Sunday, October 14, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 7: Bills at Colts, Sunday, October 21, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 8: Colts at Raiders, Sunday, October 28, 4:05 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 9: Bye Week
Week 10: Jaguars at Colts, Sunday, November 11, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 11: Titans at Colts, Sunday, November 18, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 12: Dolphins at Colts, Sunday, November 25, 1:00 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 13: Colts at Jaguars, Sunday, December 2, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 14: Colts at Texans, Sunday, December 9, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 15: Cowboys at Colts, Sunday, December 16, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 16: Giants at Colts, Sunday, December 23, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 17: Colts at Titans, Sunday, December 30, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
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