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The Indianapolis Colts were just projected to be the league’s strongest team over the next three years in ESPN’s power rankings which is sure to attract a ton of sports betting action.
With one of the best QBs in the league, an otherwise stacked offensive line and plenty of breathing room in its salary cap, Indianapolis is poised to do big things in the next few seasons.
In this complete guide to the Colts, we’ll cover lots of important points like:
The Indianapolis Colts organization played its first game in 1953. Since then the franchise has won four NFL championships including two Super Bowls, seven conference championships, 16 division titles, and made a total of 28 playoff appearances.
The team’s heyday was in the 1990s and 2000s with Peyton Manning leading the Colts to a remarkable nine straight playoff appearances from 2002-2010.
After drafting Manning first overall in 1998, the Colts became one of the league’s best teams over the next 12 seasons, setting multiple offensive records in the process. The most recognizable names in franchise history include Peyton Manning, Johnny Unitas, Robert Mathis, and Andrew Luck.
During the 2017 season, the Colts organization generated $373 million in revenue and Forbes estimates the business to be worth $2.38 billion.
The Colts are owned by Jim Irsay.
The organization played its first season in 1953.
Yes, the Colts have won two Super Bowls.
Since 2008, the Colts have played at Lucas Oil Stadium, located in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The club holds training camp at Anderson University, located in Anderson, Indiana.
Blue is the official mascot of the Indianapolis Colts.
The Colts wear royal blue and white.
All-Time Team Leaders
|Games played||Reggie Wayne
|Passing Yards||Peyton Manning||54,828|
|Passing TDs||Peyton Manning||399|
|Receiving Yards||Marvin Harrison||14,580|
|Receiving TDs||Marvin Harrison||128|
|Rushing Yards||Edgerrin James||9,226|
|Rushing TDs||Edgerrin James||64|
|Points Scored (Kicker)||Adam Vinatieri||1,442|
2018 started out rough for the Colts who went 1-5 in the first six weeks of the season. The team looked all but out of the playoff picture. From that point on, however, the team rattled off an impressive nine wins in 10 games, made the playoffs as a wildcard, and upset the Texans to win the division.
The Colts were led by the QB Andrew Luck who finished the year with 39 touchdown passes, good for second in the league.
A big storyline for the Colts last season was the impressive play of their first two 2018 draft picks, LG Quenton Nelson and LB Darius Leonard. Both rookies were among the best at their position during the 2018 season and represent huge value for the Colts as they play out their rookie contracts.
The Colts’ biggest competition again this year in the AFC South are the Houston Texas. The Colts did not have a first-round pick in this year’s draft, but they did make three second-round picks, including the 34th overall selection, CB Rock Ya-Sin.
The Colts were impressive on both sides of the ball last season, finishing in the top 10 in points per game in both offense and defense. Despite the presence of a prolific QB who had a career-best year, the Colts were below .500 hitting overs last season. The Colts went on a roll during the second half of the season, hitting unders in seven of their last nine games which included a stretch of five in a row.
Despite the team’s defense having a strong year overall, they were surprisingly weak rushing the passer and finished with a league-low 18 sacks during the regular season.
They’ll need to find a way to generate more pressure this year, especially when you consider the team’s road schedule which has them traveling to play Patrick Mahomes, Philip Rivers, Cam Newton, Deshaun Watson, and Drew Brees.
A quick look at the betting stats from last year can shed some light on where the smart money is going:
The Colts are easily one of the league’s most well-rounded teams, led by one of the game’s best QBs. With Super Bowl aspirations and one of the league’s most explosive offenses, there’s going to be a lot of money backing Indianapolis at the bookies this season.
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