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    Indianapolis Colts Franchise Information

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    Established:1953 (Baltimore Colts) 
    Stadium:Lucas Oil Stadium
    Colours:Speed blue, white, grey, black & white
    Hall of Famers:Raymond Berry, Richard Dent, Art Donovan, Eric Dickerson, Marshall Faulk, Marvin Harrison, Ted Hendricks, Edgerrin James, John Mackey, Gino Marchetti, Peyton Manning, Jim Parker, Lenny Moore, Johnny Unitas & Joe Perry
    Hall of Fame Coaches:Weeb Ewbank, Mike McCormack, Don Shula, Bill Polian & Tony Dungy
    Rivals:New England Patriots 
    Legends:Johnny Unitas, Peyton Manning,Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne, Dwight Freeney,  Edgerrin James, Robert Mathis, Jeff Saturday, Lenny Moore, Marshall Faulk,  Chris Hinton, Eric Dickerson, Raymond Berry, Gino Marchetti & Dallas Clark
    Retired Numbers:18, 22, 24, 70, 77, 82 & 89
    Conference: AFC
    Super Bowl Championships:2: 1970 & 2006
    Conference Championships:4: 1968, 1970, 2006 & 2009
    2020 Record:11-5
    1st 2021 Draft Pick:#21- Kwity Paye
    2021 Power Ranking:12

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    Indianapolis Colts History

    Although it may seem like the Colts are relatively new to the NFL, as the city of Indianapolis finally had a football team from 1984 onwards, they do in fact have a long and treasured past. The Colts would enter the NFL and begin their 67 year existence in 1953 when Carroll Rosenbloom’s, Dallas Texans were relocated to the city of Baltimore, and in doing so they kept the ‘Colts’ franchise alive. 

    The Colts would spend 30 years in Baltimore before their move to Indianapolis in 1984, and throughout that period the Colts won Super Bowl V over the Dallas Cowboys to claim their maiden Super Bowl victory, claim three NFL championships (pre Super Bowl), win four NFL Western Conference Championships, one AFC Conference Championships and four division titles. 

    However in the last few years of the Colts being in Baltimore, unrest set in with the Colts especially with owner Robert Isray as he wanted their stadium to be upgraded, fans were not flocking in to see the team play due to the poor on field performances but it was more Isray’s relationship with the city that caused the franchise to relocate. 

    Isray was in talks with the city of Phoenix and Indianapolis, but the latter was ready to host an NFL franchise due to their RCA dome and offered a training base and headquarters, the next few days saw the city of Indianapolis have a NFL franchise. 

    Frank Kush was named the inaugural Indianapolis Colts coach since the move to the city, however, it was one to forget as they managed four wins, to begin the new Colts era. It wasn’t until 1987, when the Colts made their first playoff appearance in Indianapolis, when they finished the regular seasons with a 9-6 record, giving themselves a shot at the divisional round, however, they went down to Cleveland. 

    They missed the playoffs in the early 90s, but made a return in 1995, in which they won two games on their way to the Conference championship with wins over San Diego Chargers in the wildcard and Kansas City in the divisional round, but fell to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Championship game. 

    They made back-to-back playoff appearances the next year when they made the wildcard playoff but fell to Pittsburgh once again. They missed the playoffs for the next few years, but in 1998 they picked up the missing link that they needed in the draft when they picked quarterback Peyton Manning, with pick No. 1. 

    Manning’s career would span 17 years in the NFL, 13 with the Colts and throughout his career with the Colts, he played 208 games, completed 4682 passes, 54828 passing yards, 399 passing touchdowns. Manning would prove instrumental in years to come, especially in the 2006 season. 

    After making the divisional round to end the 90s, the Colts began the 2000s in blistering form making the playoffs in 2000, but crashed out in the wildcard round. They would make the playoffs again from 2002 to 2006, with the latter providing the ultimate success. 

    The 2006 season saw the Colts end the regular season on top of the AFC South with a 12-4 record, earning them a wildcard playoff berth. They cruised through the wildcard round when they defeated Kansas City, and won again in the divisional round to Baltimore. 

    They had a tussle in the Championship game against New England Patriots just getting over the line by four points earning them their maiden Super Bowl appearance since moving to Indianapolis and playing under the Indianapolis name, and the Colts first since 1970. 

    After trailing in the first quarter to the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XLI, the Colts responded in the second quarter piling on 10 points, six in the third and seven in the fourth while keeping the Bears scoreless in the third and fourth quarters, as they went on their way to claim their first Super Bowl since the move to Indianapolis and their second since 1970 when they were under the Baltimore Colts name. 

    Manning was named the MVP where he received a rating of 81.8. Despite breaking the long drought in franchise history, there was also another milestone attached to the Colts, as coach Tony Dungy (who coached the side from 2002 to 2008) became the first African-American coach to win the Super Bowl. 

    The Colts would return to the NFL big stage again only a few years later when they faced the New Orleans Saints in Super Bowl XLIV, but they couldn’t repeat their efforts from a few years ago when they went down 31-17. 

    Even though Super Bowl XLIV was their last appearance in the NFL’s big dance they have had a successful period most notably in the 2010s when they made the playoffs on regular note appearing in the 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2018 playoffs. With the 2014 season being the closest to another Super Bowl appearance when they lost the conference Championship game. 

    Since 2014, the Colts had to wait four years before they made it again in 2018, but just missed out on a playoff berth in 2019 by two games when they finished with a 7-9 record, as Tennessee finished above the Colts with nine wins. 

    An 11-5 2020 regular season saw the Colts record 10+ wins for just the second time since 2014. Unfortunately for Indianapolis a 4-2 record within their division resulted in Tennessee (5-1) winning the AFC South despite the two teams both boasting an 11-5 record. However, the Colts still returned to the playoff for the second time in three years.

    Indianapolis faced Buffalo in the Wild Card Round of the 2021 playoffs and were defeated 27-24 in what would be Philip Rivers final game in the NFL.

    Rivers announced his retirement following the Colts playoff exit, leaving Indianapolis a hole at the quarterback position. Early in the 2021 offseason, the Philadelphia Eagles traded Carson Wentz to the Colts, reuniting the 28-year-old quarterback with Indianapolis’ head coach Frank Reich. Reich was Philadelphia’s offensive coordinator during Wentz’s MVP caliber 2017 season, that concluded with the Eagles winning the Super Bowl.

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    After a season that saw the Colts post an impressive 11-5 record despite the declining play of Phillip Rivers, the Colts look to avoid a first round exit with brand new Quarterback Carson Wentz. This Colts team has one of the most complete rosters in the NFL with 6 Pro Bowl players on their roster last year. They certainly have the talent to make a deep playoff run, but the question is whether or not Carson Wentz can lead the team to the promiseland.

    Front Office

    The Colts front office has been phenomenal fielding great teams for most of the past 2 decades. Now this Colts team looks to climb into the upper echelon of the AFC with Carson Wentz under centre and Frank Reich as head coach. Reich was Wentz’s offensive coordinator during Wentz’s time in Philadelphia and specifically during the year Wentz was an MVP candidate.

    Reich started his career as a quarterback for the BIlls and is famously part of the largest comeback in NFL history when he led the Buffalo Bills to a 38 point comeback. After his playing career he became a coaching assistant with the Colts. After bouncing around the league, he became the offensive coordinator of the San Diego Chargers and later the Philadelphia Eagles.

    Reich has won one Super Bowl as an offensive coordinator with the Eagles in 2016. In 2018, after Josh McDaniels bailed on the Colts head coaching job, Reich became the head coach of the Colts. In his time the Colts have made the playoffs twice in 3 seasons.

    Reich has been supported by top GM Chris Ballard who has built one of the best rosters in the NFL through draft and free agency. This offseason the biggest move made by the Colts was trading for Carson Wentz.

    To support Wentz, Ballard also signed Eric Fisher, to protect Wentz’s blind side, and Chris Reed who should add depth to the offensive line. This Colts roster is phenomenal and has few holes now that they have a potential franchise quarterback in Carson Wentz. If Wentz can return to form under the guidance of Reich, the sky’s the limit for the Colts.

    Offense

    Despite starting the now retired Phillip Rivers, the Colts offense was top 10 in the league. Now with Wentz in the mix, this offensive unit should move up into the top 5 if all goes according to plan. In recent years, Wentz has been inconsistent and fell out of favour in Philadelphia but now Reich looks to use his offensive magic to try and revive Wentz’s career.

    Wentz has MVP level upside but also has big downside if he plays like he did last year. However, we trust Reich to make Wentz return to a similar level of play that he had in his good years, through clever scheming and plenty of help.

    Outside of the questions around Wentz, the offense is solid. The Colts have a top 3 backfield with insane depth. Their starter Jonahton Taylor was one of the best in the league last year. That paired with the uber efficient Nyheim Hines and Marlon Mack, who has multiple 1,000 yard seasons under his belt, means the Colts have 3 backs who would be the starter at half the teams in the league. Look for the Colts offense to lean heavily on this trio.

    The receiving core also looks great with Michael Pittman, who is our favourite to have a breakout season, TY Hilton, and JJ Nelson. The Colts also had one of the best offensive lines last season and this unit will remain a top 5 unit this season. Although their left tackle Anthony Castonzo retired, Fisher is a high level replacement.

    This unit, led by All Pro Quenton Nelson should dominate both in the run game and pass protection. This Colts offensive roster is stacked. If Wentz can play well, this offense may rival that of the Kansas City Chiefs, but if he can’t, look for the Colts to lean heavily on their run game.

    Defense

    The Colts defense will probably be better than their offense. This unit has the makings of a top 5 unit with talent at every level. They may have one of the best defensive lines in football, especially with the addition of Kwity Paye who many believe will be the Defensive Rookie of the Year. Last season this defense was tied for 5th in takeaways and 8th in total yards allowed.

    The secondary looks to be pretty good this year and is led by the great safety tandem, Julian Blackmon and Khari WIllis. The cornerback looks good too with Xavier Rhodes reviving his career in the Colts zone heavy scheme. Rock Ya-Sins is questionable as the number 2 corner but Kenny Moore II should also have another good season as an excellent slot corner.

    Although they have some room to get better in pass coverage in this unit, the most glaring issue is their inexperience in the front 7. The Colts really need All Pro Darius Leonard and All Pro DeForest Buckner to step up and carry the load like they have been.

    This Colts roster has All Pro level talent at almost every position group and just needs to play to their capabilities. The Colts have high hopes and aspirations for this season, and the pressure is on for Carson Wentz to make the most of the best team he has ever had. If Reich can get the most out of Wentz, the Colts may very well be in the AFC Championship game competing against the Chiefs.

    Indianapolis Colts Betting & Odds History

    The Indianapolis Colts finished the 2020 season second in the AFC South division with the equal fourth best overall record, 11-5. The Colts were a mid table team against the spread last season, finishing the year with an 8-8 record ATS.

    Given the strength of their defense (8th in total yards and 6th in takeaways) and lack of a top tier quarterback, the Colts surprisingly were 9-7 during the regular season for the over / under when looking at total points. Showing the value of a strong rushing game and a defense that has the ability to score.

    Following Philip Rivers retirement, Indianapolis had odds of +2900 to win Super Bowl LVI, as the franchise had not yet made the decision of who their starting quarterback would be. Having now signed Carson Wentz from the Philadelphia Eagles, the Colts have come in to +2200 to win Super Bowl LVI. Indianapolis’ head coach Frank Reich was Philadelphia’s offensive coordinator during Wentz’s MVP caliber 2017 season, that concluded with the Eagles winning the Super Bowl.

    Indianapolis Colts FAQ

    Still got some burning questions about the Indianapolis Colts? Well, we have answered some of the most common questions people have, hopefully you will find the answer you are looking for below! 

    Where do the Indianapolis Colts play?

    The Indianapolis Colts play their home games at Lucas Oil Stadium.

    Who owns the Indianapolis Colts?

    Jim Isray owns the Indianapolis Colts.

    Has the Indianapolis Colts won an NFL Super Bowl?

    The Indianapolis Colts have won two Super Bowls (one as Baltimore Colts).

    Who is the Indianapolis Colts coach?

    Franke Reich is the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts. 

    Do the Indianapolis Colts play tonight?

    Are you wondering if the Indianapolis Colts are playing tonight? Well, SportsTips has all the details you need about upcoming Indianapolis Colts games! Make sure you check this page at the top for all the details you are looking for.

    What is the Indianapolis Colts record?

    The Indianapolis Colts finished the 2020 season with an 11-5 record.

    Did the Indianapolis Colts win last night?

    Fans of the Indianapolis Colts are all wanting to know if they won the game last night. You can find more information in relation to the team’s recent form in games on the page at the top.

    How much is the Indianapolis Colts worth?

    According to Forbes magazine, the Indianapolis Colts are worth $2.65 billion. 

    Who do the Indianapolis Colts  play tonight?

    Like a lot of things in the NFL, things change pretty quickly. So, if you are looking for more information about who the Indianapolis Colts play tonight, you have come to the right place. We have all this information for you in detail, you can find these details for upcoming games at the top of the page.

    How to watch the Indianapolis Colts?

    You can watch the Indianapolis Colts on CBS, NBC, FOX, ESPN, NFL Network, NFL Red Zone, DIRECTTV NFL Sunday Ticket and on Colts.com. You can also stream Indianapolis Colts games on the Colts App, Yahoo sports app,CBS All Access, Fox Sports, NBC Sports, ESPN, Amazon Prime Video, DIRECTTV Sunday Ticket, NFL Sunday ticket, NFL GamePass and NFL Mobile app. You can also listen to coverage on NFL GamePass, Westwood One, TuneIn and Sirius XM.

    Will the Indianapolis Colts make the playoffs this year?

    The Indianapolis Colts did make the playoffs last year after finishing with a 11-5 record, second in the AFC South and seventh in the AFC.

    When do the Indianapolis Colts play?

    Indianapolis Colts fans are always looking for more information about when their team plays the next game. For all the information you have been craving and more, be sure to check the top of this page. Here at SportsTips we list all the information you need like the kick off time, location of the game and the all important NFL odds.

    When is the next Indianapolis Colts game? 

    For more details on the next Indianapolis Colts game, check above on the page, we include all the details there.

    Where did the Indianapolis Colts finish the season?

    The Indianapolis Colts finished second in the AFC South standings. 

    How many games did the Indianapolis Colts win?

    The Indianapolis Colts won 11 games in the 2020 NFL season.