INDIANAPOLIS, IN - AUGUST 26: An Indianapolis Colts fan looks on prior to an NFL preseason game against the Green Bay Packers at Lucas Oil Stadium on August 26, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
I was obliged to write a preview for the 2011 Indianapolis Colts for SBNation.com. I found this a little difficult to do because 1) the 53-man roster is not set, and 2) we don't know the short-term health of Peyton Manning. But, because they asked, I gave them the best I got.
Here's a quick piece of the preview:
Eleven wins. Maybe twelve. The key is, obviously, Peyton Manning. If he can stay healthy all year, something he was unable to do last year (despite the team's efforts to assert he was not hurt in 2010), the Colts are a 11-5, 12-4 team. Also important is the health of Dwight Freeney and the development of the team's new offensive line. First round pick Anthony Castonzo has impressed in training camp and preseason. Last year, the Colts offensive line stayed healthy, but was easily the weakest area of the team. Three new starters are penciled in for Week One against Houston, and longtime starter at right tackle, Ryan Diem, is shifting to guard, where he played his first two years in the league.
For many of you, I don't think the preview tells you anything you didn't already know. But, if you want to pop of the SBNation.com and add your 2 cents about the preview, knock yourself out. some questions they gave me involved picking the team's most under-rated player, the best player to follow on Twitter, and who will have a breakout year in 2011.