With the 53-man roster set for the upcoming 2014 season, the Indianapolis Colts are looking to do something that they have only done once since 2006. Win the Super Bowl.
While contributions from each player and coach will be key in making this goal happen this season, there are three main reasons why the Colts will win it all this year.
Quarterback Andrew Luck has become the face of the franchise since the Colts drafted him in 2012 and for good reason. Luck has a regular season record of 22-10 in his first two seasons under center in Indianapolis and has a 1-2 playoff record. Luck has been regarded by many as a top 5 quarterback in the game today and he deserves that title. Luck has carried the Colts on his back in many situations when the team has needed him most. With a handful of weapons at his disposal with receivers T.Y. Hilton, Hakeem Nicks, and Reggie Wayne, look for Luck to have his best season of his career yet.
The Colts have the easiest schedule this season. While their first two games are against strong teams like the Denver Broncos in week one and the Philadelphia Eagles in week two, the schedule gets easier from there as the Colts only play two other teams that made the playoffs last season. So while there is a chance that the Colts may start off 0-2, even though they beat Denver last season, the Colts will be able to rebound fast. They have the opportunity to win at least 12 games this season, especially if they find a way to start of the season with wins against the Broncos and Eagles. If they can do that, they could easily find themselves in the driver’s seat of home-field advantage.
Now I know this may be a little much, but the Colts will have a better season defensively that they did last year. When it comes to total defense, the Colts were ranked 20th in the league, but ranked 9th in points allowed per game. The Colts added key pieces in defensive end Arthur Jones, linebacker D’Qwell Jackson, and signing cornerback Vontae Davis to a long-term extension. While these may not make them a top five defense, the moves could easily make the Colts a more formidable unit defensively. While the loss of safety Antoine Bethea is huge for the secondary, the Colts did sign veteran Mike Adams to try and fill his spot. Defensively, the Colts don’t have to be great. They just have to be good enough to hold keep their opponents out of the end zone more often than not.
Barring any major injuries to the Colts’ roster (i.e. Luck getting hurt), these three reasons will be why the Indianapolis Colts will be hoisting the Lombardi Trophy in Arizona.