The Colts' offense in 2015 is loaded with weapons, and that's good news for the team's quarterback. Andrew Luck has already emerged as one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, and he's expected to continue to improve in 2015.
In fact, he's now the favorite to win the NFL MVP award this year. According to OddsShark.com, Luck has the slight edge over Aaron Rodgers in the pre-season MVP betting. Luck is a +300 bet, while Rodgers is +400. Rounding out the top five are Adrian Peterson (+1200), Peyton Manning (+1600), and then a tie for fifth place between J.J. Watt, Tom Brady, and Ben Roethlisberger (+2000).
Through his first three years in the league, Luck has thrown for 12,957 yards and 86 touchdowns while also adding 905 yards and 12 scores on the ground, helping lead the Colts to two division titles, three playoff appearances, a 33-15 regular season record, and three playoff wins. Last year, Luck broke Peyton Manning's franchise record for single-season passing yards and led the league in touchdowns with 40.
This year? He has a loaded supporting cast - likely the reason he passed Aaron Rodgers, who recently lost star receiver Jordy Nelson to a torn ACL. Rodgers and the Packers will be just fine, but it might have been enough to push Luck to the top of the list of favorites to win the NFL MVP award this season. With receiving options such as T.Y. Hilton, Andre Johnson, Donte Moncrief, Phillip Dorsett, Coby Fleener, and Dwayne Allen, as well as a newfound running game with Frank Gore, the Colts' offense should be among the very best in the league. And if that is indeed the case, it would likely mean that Andrew Luck is among the very best in the league as well, considering he's the key piece that keeps the offense moving.
Of course, we can't wait for all of this preseason hype to be behind us and to move on to actual meaningful games, but it's nice to be able to look forward to a season in which the Colts should be putting up a lot of points. The Colts have seen one of their quarterbacks win the NFL MVP award in four of the last twelve seasons, and there are a lot of people who think that Andrew Luck could add another one to that list in 2015.