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NFL Previews: 2014 Indianapolis Colts Preview and Analysis

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The Indianapolis Colts are cheating.  The Colts had Peyton Manning for about 367 years, and now Indy is in their second season with Andrew Luck under center, and with Luck, the Colts have had back to back playoff appearances, including one of the best comebacks in playoff history.  

Indianapolis finished the season with a record of 11-5 last season, and had impressive wins against the Niners, the Seahawks and the Broncos.  The Colts finished 2013 with a team that didn’t necessarily dominate in any one phase of the game, but this team just plays well, and plays hard and finds ways to win.  The Colts made a big splash early in the season last year, trading away a first round pick for Cleveland running back Trent Richardson.  Richardson disappointed for Indy last year, but now in his second year with the team, I expect better things out of Trent.  The wide receiving corp. may not have the biggest names in the game, but Reggie Wayne is a proven veteran, and T.Y. Hilton is one of the better young talents in the NFL at the position.  Couple that with Fleener, who is a solid TE, and the Colts should once again  be solid offensively.

The defense for the Colts was an issue at times last year, especially in the playoffs where the Colts gave up 44 points to the Chiefs, and 43 the following week in their loss to the Pats.  The Colts didn’t add any defensive talent through the draft until the third round when Indy picked up Newsome from Ball State, so it will be up to the vets like Mathis, Landry, Francois and company to pick up the slack.

The schedule for the Colts is do-able, but Indy starts out tough, having to face the Broncos in Denver to open the season (remember what Peyton did opening week last season), and then the week after the Colts have to face another dominant offense when they face off against the Eagles.

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Indianapolis Colts Predicted 2014 Record: 9-7

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