I’ll first like to go on record to say I predicted a 7-9 win season for the Indianapolis Colts this year before the season even started. I thought this team was built well enough to accomplish that feat and had six games they could win easily and should be favored in. I thought to get to 7-9 wins they needed to pull off an upset and catch teams while they were down.
Well, it’s a perfect storm right for the Colts and I will go on record in early October that the Colts will make the playoffs this year.
Right now, the Colts are 2-2 are have already equaled their win total in all of last season. No one gave them hope with a rookie quarterback, rookie head coach, and 30 out of the 53 players on the roster not having any experience. They overlooked though how good these rookies and new players really were and how easy the schedule actually is.
The next five games for the Colts are all winnable and actually they should go no worse than 3-2 in this stretch. I’m going to go even further out to say they should win all five.
Indianapolis travels to New York this week to take on a bad Jets team. They’ve lost their leading receiver, leading tight end, and virtually have no passing game. To make matters worse, the run game has gone away so has a once good defense with losing arguably the best corner in the game right now. The Colts won’t have to contend with any offensive attack from the Jets and the defense won’t be able to do anything to expose the Colts’ youth. I like Indianapolis in this game as they get the Jets while their down.
In two of the next three games following the Jets, Indianapolis hosts a bad Cleveland Browns team and a pretty bad Miami Dolphins squad. I think the Colts win easily in these two games as neither team has the personnel to match up with Indianapolis.
The two road contests mixed in with those home games is road AFC South divisional games with the Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars. Again, both teams are lousy and the Colts are catching them while they’re down. Both should only have one or two wins tops by time Indy get them and when the Colts jump on them early it could be the deciding factor.
The Colts could be 7-2 or at worst 6-3 following these games going into the New England Patriots game. That’s a great record in a down year for the AFC and should get them in if they can manage the late season surge. They still have games at home against Tennessee and the Buffalo Bills, and a road game in the second to last week against a terrible Kansas City Chiefs team. That’s three more wins that could give Indy nine of 10 wins on the year. That certainly gets them in the playoffs and catches everyone’s eye and exceeds expectations.
Now, this is a young team, but these matchups favor them. Andrew Luck is ahead of his time and this defense is playing a lot better. The decision to “suck for Luck” is looking a whole lot better now. Buckle up and enjoy the ride into January Colts fans.