The Indianapolis Colts finished the 2021 season with a 9-8 record, which was good for second place in the AFC South, but not good enough to secure a playoff spot after losing their season finale to the Jacksonville Jaguars, who had the worst record in the league. With a new quarterback under center, they are hoping to contend for the division title and a deep playoff run.
The Colts averaged 26.5 points per game, which was ninth in the league, but they gave up 21.5 points per game, which was 23rd.
Even though Carson Wentz did a good job as a game manager, he couldn’t get the team over the hump and was traded to Washington in the offseason. The Colts acquired former MVP, Matt Ryan, from the Atlanta Falcons and they’re hoping he can do the same thing that Matthew Stafford did for the Rams last season and lead them to the Super Bowl.
Indianapolis is stacked offensively, with players like Jonathan Taylor, who led the league with 1,811 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns. Michael Pittman Jr. led the team with 1,082 receiving yards and six touchdowns. He will be paired with Alec Pierce, who the team selected in the second round of the draft.
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The Colts made a splash in free agency, signing former league Defensive Player of the Year Stephon Gilmore. Who is coming off an injury-shortened season. They added safety Nick Cross and defensive linemen Eric Johnson and Curtis Brooks through the draft.
On Paper, the Colts look like a team that is capable of winning the division. But it is unclear if the 37-year-old Ryan can still compete at a high level with a stacked team. But with the Titans losing key players in the offseason. And the Texans and Jaguars in full rebuilds, the Colts should be able to win their division. Super Bowl 2023 predictions have the Colts at +3000 odds to win the big game.