Hailing out of Indiana are the AFC South division team of the National Football League (NFL), the Indianapolis Colts. Formerly of the AFC East, the Colts moved to AFC South in 2002 when the league realigned after expanding to 32 teams. It is easy to say the Colts have enjoyed the most success of all AFC South teams, in fact it may be true to claim they have dominated the division since its 2002 creation. The Colts won the AFC South in consecutive years from 2003 through to 2007 and again in 2009, 2010, 2013, and 2014.
They missed out on a 10th division title in 2015 by one game to the Houston Texans.
Most of the Colts’ success was during the Peyton Manning era. The star quarterback played for the Colts from 1998 to 2011, and his number 18 jersey has since been retired in his honor.
Manning passed the mantel to Andrew Luck, who enjoyed immediate success, particularly in 2014, but injury ravaged his 2015 season, and he only managed to play seven games, which is why the Colts ended with an 8-8 record, and the second-worst offence in all the AFC.
Bookmakers around the globe expect the Colts to win the AFC South division in 2016 as reflected in their +130 odds. The Colts are also fifth-favorites, at +1100, to be the AFC Conference winner.
The last bet is a very long shot because even with a fully fit Andrew Luck pulling the strings from QB, the Colts offensive line still has too many question marks against it to make them a serious threat for major honors this term.
Who Does Indianapolis Colts Play Next
Colts’ 8-8 record in 2015 was split evenly home and away, although they ended the regular season with two straight wins. Can they keep that up going into 2016?
Who do the Indianapolis Colts face in the next game? The table below reveals that and a whole lot more.
Indianapolis Colts Game Schedule
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Some say the Colts have an easy run in for their first five games, playing Detroit Lions, San Diego Chargers, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Chicago Bears during that time, with the Jaguars game taking place in London, United Kingdom.
Indianapolis Colts Standings Today
What are the Indianapolis Colts standings today? Are they living up to their preseason +130 favorites tag to win the AFC South divisional titles? Let us take a look.
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Last year was the first time the Indianapolis Colts did not reach the playoffs and not win 11 games in a season for the first time under general manager Ryan Grigson, so it is safe to say they will be looking to make amends in 2016.
The Colts’ offense was terrible in 2015, managing only 5,142 yards for an average of 321.4 yards per game, a figure only better than the lowly Tennessee Titans in the whole AFC.
Passing offensive yardage was particularly low with only 3,704 yards (231.5 yards per game), which was mostly due to star quarterback Andrew Luck missing nine games through injury.
Luck is now out of the recovery room and ready to try reproduce his stellar 2014 figures that saw him have a 96.5 rating, throw 40 touchdown passes and rush for three touchdowns himself. If Luck stays fit, the Colts should vastly improve in the offensive departments.
Left Guard Jack Mewhort needs to be on the top of his game to protect Luck if the Colts are to challenge for honors this season.
The Colts also need to work on their defense, as that too was the second worst in the entire AFC during 2015, allowing 379.1 yards per game.
They seriously struggled to defend the passing game of opposing teams, and the 25.5 points per game allowed was only better than the Titans and Cleveland Browns in the AFC.
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