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NFL.com’s Colts’ State of the Franchise: ‘This Just Feels like a Really Good Football Team’

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According to NFL.com’s Adam Rank, the Indianapolis Colts ‘State of the Franchise’ is very promising—as general manager Chris Ballard’s squad has a talented roster that is poised to potentially win the AFC South and make a deep playoff run this upcoming season:

For 2020 to be a successful season, the Colts MUST:

Make the playoffs. You don’t bring in a quarterback like Rivers to get some moral victories. The playoffs are nice, but maybe win the division, too? The Texans made some interesting moves this offseason. The Titans are the biggest regression candidate in the league (more on that later this week). The AFC South feels like it’s there for the taking.

Finish off close games. That will be the key to accomplishing the first item on this list. The Colts’ fell by a score or less in each of their first five losses last season, including the Week 1 overtime loss to Rivers and the Chargers.

In closing

I really love what the Colts have going on. Given everything that went wrong for them last year, it feels like they are due for some good luck in 2020. But who needs to rely on good fortune when you have been able to draft the way Ballard has over the last couple of years? This just feels like a really good football team.

Now, Rank goes on a much deeper analysis of this year’s Colts’ team—and it’s definitely worth reading his entire article—as he shows that he’s not just writing from an uninformed national perspective—that is sometimes commonplace from the mainstream media.

ESPN’s Mina Kimes recently hyped the Colts as well—as currently one of her top teams among possible AFC contenders.

The franchise’s big offseason additions of veteran quarterback Philip Rivers and All-Pro defensive tackle DeForest Buckner should help upgrade the Colts’ talent—as should the drafting of two highly regarded offensive rookies: Michael Pittman Jr. and Jonathan Taylor.

Not to mention, the Colts also signed three veterans: cornerback Xavier Rhodes and tight end Trey Burton—as well as fullback Roosevelt Nix to help solidify their potential starting lineup in 2020.

Being the ‘darlings of the offseason’ means essentially nothing though, and the Colts will have to temper expectations to understand that the franchise hasn’t accomplished anything meaningful yet as it relates to actually winning football games this season.

The Colts finished 7-9 this past season (including some impressive wins against both the Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs and AFC runner-up Tennessee Titans), but the franchise could’ve realistically won a few more games—and made the playoffs, had veteran kicker Adam Vinatieri not missed some critical kicks in potential game-winning situations.

With one of the NFL’s projected weakest strengths of schedule and facing low traveling miles, the Colts are set up for significant success by other variables as well in 2020.

The biggest question may just be what version of the 38 year old Rivers do the Colts see: the 2018 (where he threw for 32 touchdowns to a mere 12 interceptions) or 2019 (in which he threw for just 23 touchdowns to 20 interceptions)—both with the Chargers franchise.

As it stands, Rank is just one of the latest prominent NFL media members who seems to have firm conviction in this year’s Colts’ squad. Simply stated, there’s some real signs for encouragement for a potential AFC contender with serious Super Bowl aspirations.