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For a team expected to come out the victor of the AFC South, the Indianapolis Colts aren’t getting much love from the primetime networks with Andrew Luck and company only getting the national spotlight three times. That’s a shame considering just how good the team can be a year removed from winning 11 games and going on to secure one win in the playoffs in Frank Reich’s first go round at the helm. The Colts enter the regular season short -135 favorites to win what’s expected to be a competitive divisional race in 2019-20. On top of that, the betting markets are expecting another double-digit win campaign for Indy with their 9.5 season win total odds possessing huge -150 chalk attached to the over at online sportsbooks.
When Andrew Luck is close to being 100 percent healthy, he’s one of the best quarterbacks in the business. No ifs, ands or buts about it. With a wide receiving corps littered with names like Chester Rogers, Ryan grant and Dontrelle Inman, he still found a way to throw for just under 4,600 yards and a 39:15 TD/INT ratio. It just goes to show how integral a player he is for making it all work in Indianapolis. He turned Eric Ebron into one of the more clamored for tight end pickups in fantasy football drafts this season after the Detroit Lions castoff erupted for 750 yards and 13 TD on a whopping 66 receptions. T.Y. Hilton is also back after reeling in 76 receptions for 1,270 yards, and he’s likely in store for some positive touchdown regression after only hauling in six last year. New signees and additions Devin Funchess and Parris Campbell should make his job a little easier. Most importantly, the offensive line that only surrendered a grand total of 18 sacks is back fully intact. Should they improve upon their run blocking, Marlon Mack and Nyheim Hines could become the most potent duo the division and conference has to offer.
As good and efficient Indianapolis’s offense was last season, one of the main reasons why the franchise had a quick turnaround was because of the defense. After being nothing short of a joke the previous year in allowing over 367.0 yards and 25.3 points per game, the colts stop unit improved dramatically a season ago. It ranked No. 11 overall and gave up an average of just 21.5 points per game ( No. 10 ). On top of all that, it’s got a star in the making at linebacker in Darius Leonard out of South Carolina State who racked up 7.0 sacks in his rookie season. He was however quiet to close out the season, so a more balanced stat sheet will be imperative for the Colts to build upon last year’s efforts.
NFL bettors are going to have a pretty good idea of what the Colts bring to the table by the time their week 6 bye rolls around. By then, Indy will have already run up against the Chargers, Titans, Falcons, Raiders and Chiefs. Two of those teams are expected to compete for Super Bowl LIV honors in LA and Kansas City, while the Falcons could also be a surprise entrant to the festivities with it now healthy. Win three if not four of those games and log a win in the revenge game with the Chiefs, and those that backed them on the futures odds to win the division and big game will no doubt be grinning from ear-to-ear. As wide open the AFC South looks to be heading into the regular season, Indianapolis certainly looks to be the cream of that crop. Offshore sportsbooks are no doubt bracing themselves for the flood of Colts money certain to pour in every passing week!