Indianapolis Colts Super Bowl 50 Odds AnalysisMaybe it’s me, but I think the Indianapolis Colts (11-5 SU, 10-5-1 ATS, 9-7 O/U) are entering the 2015 NFL regular season with one huge question surrounding their young and blossoming team.Can talented signal-caller Andrew Luck and his band of merry mates find the answer for overcoming the combination of New England Patriots head coach and quarterback Bill Belichick and Tom Brady?Or…will Luck become another version of Peyton Manning, a future Hall of Famer, whose postseason success was almost perennially halted by the aforementioned pair of Patriots?We’ll examine the answer to that question and much more in this in-depth betting breakdown on the Colts chances of cashing in on their fun-filled Super Bowl Futures Odds.
2014 Season in Review
The GoodThere was plenty of good for Indianapolis last season, even though their 2014 campaign ended in both, a resounding loss – and a bit of infamy thanks to last season’s arrest of owner Jim Irsay. After losing a pair of heartbreakers against Denver and Philadelphia to kick of their 2014 season, the Colts then won their next five games and 11 of their final 14 overall. Along the way, Luck had a fantastic campaign in finishing third in passing (4,761 yards) while helping Indianapolis finish third in total offense, first in passing (305.9 ypg) and sixth in scoring (28.6 ppg).Luck’s favorite target, wide receiver T.Y. Hilton continued to impress as he finished sixth in receiving yards (1,345) and best of all, the accurate Luck stayed injury-free and that’s a good thing in today’s fast-paced, hard-hitting-than-ever NFL. Last but certainly not least, Indianapolis compiled an impressive 10-5-1 ATS mark.
The BadLike most teams, there was also a bit of ‘bad’ for the Colts last season as they finished a discouraging 22nd in rushing thanks to their failed experiment with underachieving running back Trent Richardson. The Colts also ranked in the middle third in almost every meaningful defensive statistical category including total yards (11th), pass defense (12th), rushing yards allowed (18th) and points allowed (23.1 ppg).
The UglyIndianapolis didn’t have any real ‘ugly’ incidents either on the field or off last season, though team did have to deal with Irsay’s arrest-related issues early on. Other than that – and the fact that the once highly-touted Richardson flamed out miserably, Indianapolis had an ‘ugly-free season.
Let’s take a look at Indianapolis’ offensive statistics from this past season.
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Here is a look at the Colts’ team defensive statistics.
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Here are the Colts’ team statistical leaders.
Defensive BackfieldIndianapolis was really mediocre across the board defensively, but the Colts’ defensive backfield needs to be addressed first and foremost in my estimation. Veteran cornerback Vontae Davis and safety Sergio Brown are the only players I’d keep as starters from this unit. Safety Mike Adams and cornerback Greg Toler both left a lot to be desired last season and could theoretically be replaced as starters in 2015.
D-LineVeteran Cory Redding is getting up there in age, but he was still the Colts’ best defensive lineman this past season. Nose tackle Josh Chapman and left end Ricky Jean-Francois either need to be coached up – or sat down as backups.
Offensive LineIndy’s offensive linemen are unheralded and vastly unknown for a reason – because they are the definition of average. The Colts could go for some veteran free agents to address their needs here while grabbing a couple of o-linemen in the later rounds of the draft.
Wide ReceiverThere’s 90 percent chance that longtime superstar Reggie Wayne will not be back next season, leaving the Colts in search of another wide receiver opposite T.Y. Hilton.
Reggie Wayne is still deciding whether he will play next season at age 37. It’s complicated. http://t.co/0Grd9GD8nZ pic.twitter.com/mGduhy7mIR— IndyStar (@indystar) February 21, 2015The good news is that Indianapolis saw a resurgent Hakeem Nicks play extremely well in their thrilling upset playoff win over Denver. When Nicks is healthy (that’s a big if) he’s a sure-fire starting caliber kind of wideout. The problem is that he’s injured far too often.