In 2012, the Indianapolis Colts were under the radar. When you have the number one pick in the draft, you’re not expected to do a whole lot. When you have a rookie head coach, and when that head coach misses most of the season due to leukemia, it lowers expectations even more. Well, to everyone’s surprise, the team made the playoffs. In 2013, they won’t shock people.
Let’s take a look at their schedule, besides their divisional games, which of course, will be a battle, the team has some other very tough games. They host the Denver Broncos, meaning Peyton Manning will be making his return (and you can bet that will be a primetime game). They will also host fellow stud rookie quarterback from 2012 Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks, as well as the St. Louis Rams, who weren’t far off from contention themselves.
The team has to travel to San Francisco as well, (another game you can bet will be in primetime with Jim Harbaugh going against Andrew Luck) as well as to Cincinnati to take on Andy Dalton and A.J. Green, another team that made the playoffs.
Sometimes, when you get a surprise team, you see some regression next year. Whether guys go through a sophomore slump, or other changes are made that effect team chemistry, and the team isn’t as good the next year. Even the Colts would tell you that the team exceeded expectations. It’s very possible the Colts will be good and possibly make the playoffs in 2013, however, they won’t surprise people like they did last year.