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5 Players Who Mean the Most to an Indianapolis Colts Playoff Run

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5 Players Who Mean the Most to an Indianapolis Colts’ Playoff Run

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In all honesty, the Indianapolis Colts were lucky to win the AFC South. If not for injuries to Jake Locker and poor special teams play, not only would the Tennessee Titans have defeated the Colts twice, but they would have most likely won four of their other games as well. However, the NFL is as much about taking chances when they are presented as much as it is about having the best team week in and week out. So, Indianapolis may be lucky to get to the playoffs, but they are more than capable of pulling off major playoff upsets.

The Colts played well enough not to squander their 2013 NFL Playoff hopes this season and finished with a 9-5 record after starting the season extremely strong. A key injury to star receiver Reggie Wayne really helped to take away some of Indianapolis’ offensive firepower, but their defense and Andrew Luck helped keep them in games.

Despite bad losses to the Arizona Cardinals, St. Louis Rams and San Diego Chargers, the Colts are more than capable of pulling off a few surprise upsets in the playoffs. Indianapolis probably won’t win the Super Bowl, they aren’t to that level just yet. However, don’t forget that three of their nine wins came against the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos; all of which are teams that are many people’s favorites to win the Super Bowl.

The Colts are a completely different team against good NFL teams than they are against the middle of the pack. Part of that can be attributed to the leadership and the focus of Indianapolis’ top players. Here are the five players who mean the most to a deep run in the 2013 NFL Playoffs by the Colts.

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No. 5 Trent Richardson

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Richardson has been playing better recently and allows for a passing threat as well as a running threat. He needs to have a big game if the Colts want to beat better opposition. A lot of people have been hard on Richardson because as a first round draft pick, he’s expected to have immediate success. Indianapolis has a bad offensive line, and T-Rich will get better in the next few seasons.

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No. 4 Darius Butler

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Butler leads the team in interceptions (four) and has 13 pass deflections on the season. With many top AFC teams being pass-based, he’ll need to step it up and shut down some of the best receivers in the NFL.

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No. 3 T.Y. Hilton

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With Reggie Wayne out, Hilton is this team’s most explosive receiver. Andrew Luck has scored touchdowns with 12 different players this season; a large part of that is Hilton being covered by two defenders leaving others in man on man.

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No. 2 Robert Mathis

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Mathis is a tackling monster. He comes off the line faster and stronger than almost any player in the league. With 16.5 sacks on the season, he’ll need a lot more if Indianapolis is to keep upsetting top NFL teams.

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No. 1 Andrew Luck

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Luck has something about him that just screams Super Bowl. Luck is hands down the best player on this team and, if they are to have success, will have to put the team on his back.