Friday, August 16, 2013

2013 NFL Team Previews: Indianapolis Colts

Key Additions

QB Matt Hasselbeck, WR Darrius Heyward-bey, OT Gosder Cherilus, G Donald Thomas, DE/DT Ricky Jean-Francois, NT Aubrayo Franklin, DE/OLB Erik Walden, ILB Kelvin Sheppard, CB Greg Toler, S LaRon Landry, DE/OLB Bjoern Werner (draft), G Hugh Thornton (draft), C Khaled Holmes (draft)

Key Losses

QB Drew Stanton, WR Donnie Avery, WR Austin Collie, OT Winston Justice, C A.Q. Shipley, DE Clifton Geathers, DT Antonio Johnson, DE/OLB Dwight Freeney, DE/OLB Jerry Hughes, CB Jerraud Powers, S Tom Zbikowski

Team Analysis

Andrew Luck certainly lived up to his billing last season, turning the 2-14 Colts into a playoff caliper team. However, they're defense will continue to keep them from being anything more than a Wild Card contender in my opinion. I think something would have to go very wrong with the Texans for Indy to take the division. The offense is what will win games for the Colts, especially now that the running game will be a bit more stable because of Bradshaw. The only worry on offense is the offensive line. Luck might have to scramble arround back there a little more than they would like. Unfortunately, the defense just won't be able keep them in some games. Him Irsey made a lot of signings on that side of the ball, but he just overpaid for very mediocre players. They will regret many of their signings soon enough. Look for Indy to focus on defense again in next years' off season.

Projected Wins


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