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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|
|Super Bowl Championships:||2: 1970 & 2006|
|Conference Championships:||4: 1968, 1970, 2006 & 2009|
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.
The Indianapolis Colts put together a decent season in 2021, led by the best running back in football Johnathon Taylor. Under QB Carson Wentz the Colts made a season long push but still failed to make the playoffs thanks to a Steelers tie with Detroit.
If you are a fan of the Indianapolis Colts, then you know that the only thing that matters right now is how they are expected to perform in the 2022-23 season. Do the Indianapolis Colts have the star power to make it all the way to the playoffs and win the Super Bowl in 2023?
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Frank Reich will be entering his fifth season as the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts. In his previous four years, he has shown a bit of a trend to have a much better performance in even years and have a down performance in odd years. In 2018 and 2020 the Colts won double digit games and made the playoffs, but in 2019 and 2021 the Colts finished the season with less than nine wins a piece and missed the postseason. If that trend continues, the Indianapolis Colts are set for a solid season in 2022. He has a career overall record of 37-28 in the regular season and 1-2 in the playoffs.
Matt Ryan was acquired by the Indianapolis Colts over the off-season to lead this offense. It is the third year in a row that they’ve acquired a rental quarterback after having Philip Rivers and then Carson Wentz in previous seasons. Jonathan Taylor returns after getting over 300 touches last season and in recent history running backs that have made that many touches usually regress the year after. Harris Campbell and Michael Pittman Junior will look to be reliable targets for Ryan in his first year with this new franchise. While their offensive line has the potential to be one of the top units in the league led by Quenton Nelson at the guard spot, they will have to be a lot better in pass protection this season.
The Indianapolis Colts defense has the potential to be a solid unit this season as well. You could easily argue that they have a solid game changer at each level of the defense with guys like Yannick Ngakoue, Kwitty Pane, DeForest Buckner, Shaq Leonard, and Stephon Gilmore. They will need to create more pressure on the quarterback and that’s exactly what the addition of Yannick Ngakoue should help deliver.
Last season the Indianapolis Colts finished with a record of 9-8 and they are projected to do slightly better this time around. Oddsmakers expect the Indianapolis Colts to win around ten of their seventeen games during the 2022-23 National Football League season. The odds for betting the over on the win line are currently (-115), while the odds for the betting the under on the win line are currently (-105) heading into the 2022-23 season.
Their odds to win their division are currently (-125) which makes them one of the top favorites in the AFC South division, while their odds to bring home a Conference Championship are (+1100) at the moment. Their current odds to win the Super Bowl and bring home the Lombardi Trophy at the end of the season are listed at (+2200) heading into the 2022-23 National Football League season.
They are currently the favorites in nine of their seventeen games this season. As usual they are expected to win more games on their home field instead of having more wins on the road. They come into the 2022-23 National Football League season expected to be two possession favorites or underdogs one time this year as they are a ten point favorite against the Houston Texans at home in Week 18.
It’ll be interesting to see how this team performs after all the changes during the offseason and while playing in such a stacked conference like the AFC. Due to the massive amount of parity in the National Football League, you never truly know what is going to happen from season to season.
But all signs point towards the Indianapolis Colts being on the more successful end of the spectrum during the 2022-23 National Football League season. A lot of their success this season will depend on the production of both Matt Ryan and Jonathan Taylor. As well as the defense‘s ability to get to the quarterback and their offensive line to keep Ryan from getting sacked.
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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?
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What is the Indianapolis Colts record?
The Indianapolis Colts finished the 2021 season with an 9-8 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 $3.25 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 not make the playoffs last year after finishing with a 9-8 record, second in the AFC South and eighth in the AFC.
When do the Indianapolis Colts play?
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When is the next Indianapolis Colts game?
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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 9 games in the 2021 NFL season.
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