NFL Season Preview: Indianapolis Colts

The Indianapolis Colts have been through a Quarterback carousel ever since the sudden and shock retirement of Andrew Luck, and with the team around them to compete, the Colts took a chance in the 2022 off-season by trading for Falcons QB Matt Ryan, in hopes that this team can finally start living up to their potential. In one of the weakest, if not the single weakest division in the NFL, the Colts have a very good chance to make it through to the playoffs, and with the emergence of some potentially elite offensive talent, there's no reason why this team can make a genuine run through the 2022 playoffs, but they have to get there first. 


This team has always been good in the trenches, and over the past two seasons, they've seen breakout from Jonathan Taylor and Michael Pittman Jr, and now that they hope the QB to help them succeed is here, we may see the best out of this entire squad in 2022. Taylor arguably the best running back in the entire NFL, and with such a good offensive line, all the Colts need is for Matt Ryan to get the ball into the hands of his explosive teammates, and this will be a very good team in the upcoming season. 


The biggest negatives from this Colts team is their lack of depth at playmaking positions, and while a healthy team could go very far, if the Colts suffer an injury or two, Matt Ryan could be out there throwing to receivers that just aren't great NFL players. Ryan is getting up there in age too, and if he goes down, the Colts are left with career backup Nick Foles, so for Colts fans out there who've been putting up with a lack of good QB play over the past few years, they'll have their fingers crossed that Ryan can stay healthy in 2022.

Team MVP

The team MVP for the Colts in 2022, if all goes according to plan will be Jonathan Taylor, who broke out in a big way in 2021, as he put up almost 2,200 yards of all purpose offence, supported by 20 Touchdown's, and at just 23-years of age, he's still got plenty of juice in his body. Running backs often break down as they approach 30, so with a successful veteran like Matt Ryan at QB and a young back with plenty to give, this could be a fun offensive team to watch in 2022, but make no mistake about it, Taylor is good enough to match his 2021 output, or even improve upon it. 

Record Prediction

The Colts play in the weakest division in the NFL, with two teams who will likely be in the top-5 come the 2023 NFL Draft, but after losing to the Jaguars to miss out on a playoff spot in 2021, no team can be taken lightly by Indianapolis. The Colts this year have a much better QB leading the team however, and if they can win the easy games and compete against tougher competition, this team is going to win 10 games, and take the AFC South division crown from the Tennessee Titans. 

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