The expectations are incredibly high in Indianapolis right now, as the Colts are expected to be one of the best teams in the league this year and compete for a Super Bowl. They have an offense that is loaded at the skill positions, and that could lead to a huge year from the unit and from quarterback Andrew Luck.
In 2014, Luck broke Peyton Manning's franchise record for most passing yards in a single-season (finishing third in the NFL) and led the NFL with 40 touchdown passes. Already one of the best quarterbacks in the league, Luck figures to only get better, and with a lot of receiving options and a new running back, the expectations for Luck and the offense in 2015 are sky high as well.
In fact, Luck is one of the favorites to win the NFL MVP award in 2015, according to Bovada. According to the odds released today, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is the favorite to win the award with 5/1 odds. The player with the second-best odds? Andrew Luck, at 7/1. After those two, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (12/1), Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (12/1), and Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (16/1) round out the top five.
With a cast of receivers that features T.Y. Hilton, Andre Johnson, Donte Moncrief, Phillip Dorsett, Duron Carter, and more, a great tight end duo in Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener, and running backs Frank Gore and Boom Herron, among others, the Colts' offense looks like it could be elite this year. There are still question marks along the offensive line, but other than that the excitement is high in Indy.
But, of course, the main reason for the excitement and the main reason for the Colts' Super Bowl expectations and hopes is Andrew Luck. Though he has played just three seasons in the NFL, Luck has already emerged as one of the top quarterbacks and has proven to be incredibly valuable to his team - arguably as valuable as any individual player is to his team in the entire league. For much of the first three years, Luck's surrounding cast has been sub-par. While there are still questions about the team's defense, however, this team still looks to be the best that the Colts have had during the Luck era, and Luck also figures to be even better in his fourth year and with all of the talent at the skill positions. Because of all of that, Luck has the second-best odds to win the NFL MVP award in 2015, and it wouldn't be a surprise whatsoever to see him taking home the hardware at the end of the season.