The Indianapolis Colts bounced back in 2020-2021, making the playoffs with an 11-5 record after missing out on the postseason the previous season. Veteran quarterback Philip Rivers had a fairly good year in his last NFL season, but it was the defense that led the way, ranking seventh in team DVOA.
The Colts fell to the Bills in the Wild Card Round, losing 27-24. Indy’s 11-5 record was the best they had recorded since 2014. Guard Quenton Nelson, defensive tackle DeForest Buckner, and linebacker Darius Leonard were all named to the All-Pro team.
The Colts went 8-8 against the spread in the 2020-2021 season, and if you bet on their over/under, they were 9-7.
In the offseason, general manager Chris Ballard traded for Carson Wentz, who they hope will be the long-term answer at quarterback in Indianapolis. The Wentz era hasn’t gotten off to a great start, however, as the former top pick injured his foot in training camp and may not be ready for Week 1. If the former Eagles QB isn’t able to go, either Jacob Eason or Sam Ehlinger will get the nod in the Colts’ home opener against the Seahawks.
Through free agency, Indianapolis added two-time Pro Bowl tackle, Eric Fisher, to bolster an already loaded offensive line. They also re-signed running back Marlon Mack, who along with Jonathan Taylor, will make a dangerous one-two punch in the backfield.
Defensively, the Colts lost a couple of key names. Edge rushers Justin Houston and Denico Autry both signed elsewhere, and linebacker Anthony Walker Jr. joined the Browns.
Action 247 Sportsbook has the Colts over/under for wins this season at 9. Indianapolis is just behind Tennessee at +120 to win the AFC South, and they are listed at +2900 to win Super Bowl 56.