Indianapolis Colts 2015: NFL Odds & Predictions

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2015 Indianapolis Colts Odds & NFL Predictions 2015 Indianapolis Colts Odds & NFL Predictions

The Indianapolis Colts have been the class of the AFC South winning the last two division titles. The problem for Indianapolis is that they have yet to find a way to defeat the New England Patriots in the postseason. The Colts have been eliminated by the Patriots in each of the past two seasons including last year’s 45-7 blowout loss in the AFC Championship game. That being said, sportsbooks are predicting that 2015 might be Indy's year listing the Colts as 3/1 favorites to win the AFC Conference, -400 to win the AFC South and 8/1 to win the Super Bowl.

Quarterback Andrew Luck will probably have his best arsenal of available weapons this season. To go along with leading receiver T.Y. Hilton (82 rec., 1,345 yds.), the Indianapolis Colts added running back Frank Gore and Houston all-time receiving leader Andre Johnson. Indianapolis also selected Miami wide receiver Phillip Dorsett, who ran sub 4.3 in the 40-yard dash at his pro day, in the first round of this year’s draft. Luck enjoyed his best season ever in 2014 throwing for 4,761 yards and an NFL-high 40 touchdowns. The Colts NFL-leading passing offense shows no signs of slowing down now that Johnson and Dorsett are on board.

Indianapolis lost Reggie Wayne and Hakeem Nicks in free agency. Gore should inject some life into a Colts running game that was a running back by committee last year. Outside linebacker Trent Cole comes from Philadelphia to work opposite Robert Mathis and give the Colts defense a formidable pass rush. Safety LaRon Landry was lost in free agency, but the Colts still have strong safety Mike Adams who made his first Pro Bowl last year. After drafting Dorsett in the first round, the Colts focused on defense taking four straight defensive players.

Defensive end Henry Anderson (6-6, 294) from Stanford could provide some much needed depth in the defensive front while UCF’s Clayton Geathers (6-2, 208) could push for playing time at safety. The Colts have won 11 regular season games in three consecutive seasons which is oddly enough, the same number NFL odds have posted for Indianapolis' regular season win total (11 OVER -130) in 2015. With a more powerful offense, there is no reason why Indianapolis cannot make it four straight. If the Colts can improve defensively, they may have a chance to win the 2015 AFC South title and take their postseason trip one step further than last year – to the Super Bowl.

Colts Update (9/8/15): Indianapolis are now +850 favorites in Super Bowl predictions, +300 to win the AFC Conference and -400 to win the AFC South.

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