SB Nation: Why The Colts Will Make The Playoffs In 2012

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Fans of the Indianapolis Colts, who own the #1 overall pick, show support for their team during the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 26, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

It's July, which means that, for all fans, right now their team is good enough to make the post-season. Yes, even the Colts. No one ever expects to be bad. Last year, people (like me) thought the Rams had the makings of a playoff team. They went 2-14. I remember sitting in the house of Mile High Report editor John Bena this time last year, and over a few beers we discussed how the Colts might be good enough for one more playoff push with Peyton Manning while the Broncos looked like they were in the Andrew Luck derby.

Anything can happen in an NFL season. Anything.

So, how can a 2-14 Colts team from last year, with a rookie quarterback and fifty new players on the roster, hope to contend for the post-season? Joel Thorman of SBNation.com provides answers:

The Colts will make the playoffs because Andrew Luck is that good. Peyton Manning led the NFL in interceptions his rookie year. Luck will be better than that. Reggie Wayne was a surprise return to Indy in free agency and that will prove to be key for Luck. I see 20-plus touchdowns for Luck in 2012.

I've said this several times, and I'll say it again: A true happy ending would feature the Andrew Luck-led Colts facing off against Peyton Manning and the Broncos this post-season.

And even happier ending: The Colts kick the snot out of Peyton and the Donkeys, beating them in the post-season!

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