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The Indianapolis Colts enter the 2015 season as sleeper Super Bowl contenders and hope to make the playoffs for a fourth straight season.
Here are how the Colts stack up entering the new NFL season.
Key Player Losses: The Colts offense lost some veteran players, as Ahmad Bradshaw and Reggie Wayne are still free agents, and Hakeem Nicks now plays for the Tennessee Titans. Trent Richardson is also playing for the Oakland Raiders. While the names are big, the Colts aren’t exactly going to miss any of those aging players. Defensively, the Colts will look much of the same, although they did release one of their top tacklers in LaRon Landry and lose a combined 6.5 sacks in the losses of Cory Redding and Ricky Jean Francois. Again, nothing really to see here in terms of elite production.
Key Player Additions: The Colts made some big splashes offensively with the addition of Frank Gore and Andre Johnson. Although up there in age, both guys can still contribute at a high level and are very hungry for a Super Bowl ring before they retire. Defensively, the Colts snagged linebacker Trent Cole, who racked up 569 tackles and 19 forced fumbles in his long career with the Philadelphia Eagles. Safety Dwight Lowery is also coming off his best season in which he had 79 tackles and two interceptions. The Colts did well in this area.
Draft: The Colts got a playmaker and speedster at wide receiver in Phillip Dorsett, who will be able to contribute immediately. D'Joun Smith has the potential to be a shutdown cornerback and Henry Anderson is a tough player along the defensive line. The value pick for me is Josh Robinson out of Mississppi State, as he’s a small, tough runner who doesn’t go down easily and can make people miss in the open field.
2015 Outlook: The Colts still have Andrew Luck, which means they’re head and shoulders the favorites to win a soft AFC South. I think there’s little doubt the Colts will make the playoffs for the 15th time in the last 17 years. However, with the upgrades on both sides of the ball, especially on offense, I like the Colts as a true Super Bowl contender and think you should put some nice coin on a future bet for them to win it all.
Indianapolis Colts 2015 Schedule:
Sept. 13 at Buffalo Bills, 1
Sept. 21 New York Jets (Mon), 8:30
Sept. 27 at Tennessee Titans, 1
Oct. 4 Jacksonville Jaguars, 1
Oct. 8 at Houston Texans (Thu), 8:25
Oct. 18 New England Patriots*, 8:30
Oct. 25 New Orleans Saints, 1
Nov. 2 at Carolina Panthers (Mon), 8:30
Nov. 8 Denver Broncos, 4:25
Nov. 15 BYE
Nov. 22 at Atlanta Falcons, 1
Nov. 29 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1
Dec. 6 at Pittsburgh Steelers*, 8:30
Dec. 13 at Jacksonville Jaguars, 1
Dec. 20 Houston Texans, 1
Dec. 27 at Miami Dolphins, 1
Jan. 3 Tennessee Titans, 1