TDT NFL Power Rankings No. 25: Indianapolis Colts
Andrew Luck, Colts are looking to break their postseason drought this season.
The Indianapolis Colts are one of the NFL’s mysteries heading into the 2017-18 season. They have been an average football team as of late, having put together disappointing 8-8 records in each of the last two seasons. The front office has made some decisions which they feel will make them a playoff contender, but only time will tell. Of course, all of this is contingent on the health of their star quarterback, Andrew Luck.
What I Like: The Colts really do have a solid group of skill players on their roster. The receiving corps has plenty of athleticism with T.Y. Hilton, Donte Moncrief and Phillip Dorsett. There are definitely some injury concerns with these guys, but when healthy, this could be a very dangerous group. In the backfield, old man Frank Gore is coming off a 1,000 yard season. The Colts also drafted South Florida’s Marlon Mack, who could be one of the biggest steals of the draft.
What I Hate: I am not confident at all in the Colts offensive line. Over the past couple seasons, they have struggled to keep Luck upright and I’m not that sold the front office did enough in the offseason to improve the unit. Ryan Kelly and Jack Mewhort are solid, but the rest of the line is a glaring question mark. If they aren’t able to fill the holes here, it will be an extremely long season for the Colts.
Offensive MVP: QB Andrew Luck It pretty much goes without saying that Andrew Luck is the single most important player on this football team, let alone the offense. The Colts will only go as far as Luck carries them. He is still recovering from shoulder surgery, so the team’s success this season depends on the health of that shoulder. When healthy, Luck is a top 10 quarterback in this league.
Defensive MVP: DT Johnathan Hankins The Colts’ signing of Hankins was one of the most underrated transactions of the entire offseason. In him, they get a guy who is highly capable of being the anchor of their defensive line for many years to come. And he’s only 25 years old. There are many questions on Indy’s defense, but Hankins surely is not one of them.
Season Outlook: I’m not really sure what to make of the Colts just yet. As I stated earlier, Andrew Luck’s shoulder is the X-factor. There are other factors in play, but none of them are as important. The Colts aren’t the most talented team, but they have enough talent to at least be competitive. I believe the Colts are close to being a playoff team, but they’re probably another year away.
8-8, 3rd in AFC South