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The Colts have a dismal running game and an average defense, yet they were able to transition smoothly from the Peyton Manning era and make the playoffs. The reason: the magic of Andrew Luck. In his first season, Luck showed great leadership and poise and took a 2-14 team with little talent to a first round match-up against the eventual Super Bowl champions. Luck will only continue to get better and Reggie Wayne will continue to provide the young quarterback a reliable target. If the Colts are able to win close games, like they did last season, another playoff berth is very possible.
For the running game. It is hard for Luck to pound the defense without a rushing attack to balance things out. A rookie quarterback can only get a team so far.
The Colts were 2-14 last year and will go 4-12 this year. Sorry, you’re out of luck.
Peyton Manning, like Brett Favre, is hailed as one of the best if not the best quarterback in the game. And, like Favre, Manning only has one Super Bowl ring. He sure does have the stats to back those claims up though. Boy does he ever have the stats. Peyton will look to add to his legacy this year and possibly win the Super Bowl this year instead of getting there and choking or choking before even getting there.
Everyone is back from last year, including a healthy Bob Sanders. Like usual, their defense will be excellent, headlined by guys such as Clint Sessions, Robert Mathis, Dwight Freeney, Gary Brackett, and others.
Once again Manning has the targets he had last year with the addition of Anthony Gonzalez who sat out all of last year. The question is, come playoff time, can these guys deliver? They have done so in the past time and time again, but have fallen short countless times. I predict them finishing a seemingly boring 12-4 record for them due to the fact that they seem to be around that record every season now. We’ll see what Manning and the boys are made of come playoff time.
By Josh Delp of the Sports Fan Blog Network
The Indianapolis Colts came from behind for a 35-27 victory at Houston on Sunday thanks to big plays from their offense and defense, but it was a heady special teams play that put it away.
The Colts had their “hands” team, featuring wide receiver Reggie Wayne, on the field when the Texans attempted an onside kick with 18 seconds to play. The football bounced high and hung dangerously. Tight end Jacob Tamme, a special teams regular, leaped above the mob and batted it out of bounds.
“The goal is for Reggie to be able to catch it, but if you get over there and see the ball loose, get it out of bounds,” Tamme said. “To get it out of bounds and seal the game is a fun way to end it.”
The Colts coverage teams had another good day against a dangerous return team. Houston’s Jacoby Jones returned two punts for 8 yards and combined with Andre Davis for a 24.3-yard average on three kickoff returns.
Pat McAfee’s high, deep kickoffs were a boon to the Colts. Three of his six kicks resulted in touchbacks.
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