Mister Obvious Says – Free agent WR Andre Johnson and RB Frank Gore increase Indianapolis’ potent offense. With Gore running the rock and Johnson, rookie receiver Phillip Dorsett and veteran T.Y. Hilton splitting the seams, Andrew Luck and his Colts’ offense appears impossible to stop in all areas of the field.
Biggest Addition – You name it, there are plenty, including Johnson, Gore, and Dorsett on offense and LB Trent Cole, a 10-year vet with Philadelphia, joining Indianapolis’ defense.
Biggest Loss – Indianapolis’ top talent stayed intact. RB Trent Richardson (signed with the Raiders) was a two-time bust, first with the Browns and then with the Colts, and WR Hakeem Nicks (signed with the Titans), but their spots are filled with more than capable talent.
Rookie To Watch – Dorsett, who starred at Miami, is one of the most dynamic rookies to watch this season in the NFL with incredible quickness, precision route-running ability and capable hands.
Marquee Match-up – New England travels to Indianapolis in Week 6 to play the Colts, who will have nine days to prepare thanks to a schedule which has them playing on Thursday night the previous week at Houston.
Game Most Likely to Win – Week 2 hosting the New York Jets, for the reasons we mentioned as to why the Jets were most likely to lose this game.
Game Most Likely to Lose – Week 13 at Pittsburgh in the midst of four of six games on the road.
Overall Thoughts – The Colts’ schedule is favorable with most of their toughest opponents traveling to Indianapolis, including Denver and former quarterback Peyton Manning in Week 9. New England and New Orleans also play in Indianapolis. If the Colts’ offensive line shows improvement and their defensive front seven plays to its potential, they certainly can make another deep run in the NFL playoffs.
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