Indianapolis Colts May Be NFL’s Most Balanced Team

By Ryan Heckman
Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

Entering week four, the Indianapolis Colts knew they weren’t exactly facing the Denver Broncos. In fact, you could probably call the Broncos and Jacksonville Jaguars the exact opposite of each other.

But, the Colts also knew that if they were to establish themselves as one of the NFL’s elite teams, they could not take the Jags lightly – and they certainly did not. Beating down Jacksonville 37-3 on Sunday showed exactly what the Colts should have done – win convincingly.

But, more so, the Colts are beginning to resemble more than just a great team. To me, they look as though they could be one of the most balanced teams in the league, if not the most balanced.  Thanks to a recent blockbuster trade, Indy can now compete for that label.

Obtaining Trent Richardson from the Cleveland Browns was probably one of the most sensible, steals of a trade I have seen in recent memory. Next to Brandon Marshall being swapped for two third round picks, I think this one takes the cake – because it just plain made sense.

Richardson gives the Colts an incredibly balanced rushing attack along with Donald Brown and Ahmad Bradshaw. Even when Bradshaw is sidelined, Brown is a more than formidable complementary back. The three of them together are one excellent trio to watch in action. Not to mention, the ability of Andrew Luck to take off and scramble when he needs to.

Speaking of Luck, he’s been quite efficient this year boasting a rating of 91.9 and completing over 64% of his passes. Looks like he could be on his way to a Pro Bowl if he keeps it up.

Defensively, this group is one of the most underrated units in all of football. Through four games, the Colts are giving up an average of 11.75 points per game. That’s second to only the Kansas City Chiefs who also happen to be undefeated. Prior to the season, would you have believed anyone that told you the Colts would give up just 47 points through the first four games? Probably not.

This defense already has 13 sacks on the year and six interceptions. Robert Mathis is playing out of his mind with 7.5 sacks already on the year. On a unit missing Dwight Freeney, they appear to be just fine thus far.

Although Indy is 3-1 and not necessarily perfect by any means, the team as a whole could wind up being the league’s most complete when it’s all said and done.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.



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