The 2010 Indianapolis Colts appear to be a team, once again on a mission to get to the final game of the season. The Colts went to the Super Bowl in 2009, only to fall short, to the New Orleans Saints. Head coach Jim Caldwell begins his second season, taking over for the retired Tony Dungy. Also back in Indianapolis is quarterback Peyton Manning. While the receivers have changed in Indianapolis, the play caller has not. Manning threw for 4500 yards season, while adding 33 touchdowns.
The Colts finished second in passing yards in 2009 with 282, while just rushing for 80, which ranked them 32nd. Joseph Addai led the team with 828 rushing yards, and ten touchdowns. Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark both caught 100 passes, with 10 for touchdowns.
Indianapolis faces a tough non-conference slate, starting with their first home game on September 19th. They will host the New York Giants. The tough challenges for Indianapolis will come in a huge five-week stretch where the Colts play at Philadelphia, host Cincinnati, play at New England, and then host San Diego and Dallas. The Colts start the season on September 12th in Houston.
Indianapolis Colts Betting Odds
Coming into training camp the Indianapolis Colts were listed at +700 to win the Super Bowl. Those odds were the best available through Sportsbook.com. Indianapolis plays within the AFC South with Houston, Jacksonville and Tennessee. The division should be the Colts to win, but many have pegged the Houston as a possible playoff team, and with Chris Johnson in Tennessee – you just never know.
The AFC should be a dogfight all season. With Bill Belichick at the helm in New England, the Patriots can never be counted out. The Jets should be loaded once again, with the best defense in the league returning. San Diego has a great offense, with quarterback Phillip Rivers controlling the line. In saying that, the Colts come into the season with the best odds to win the AFC. Indianapolis was listed at +350 to win the AFC in the latest odds released by Sportsbook.com – America’s favorite NFL betting sportsbook.
Indianapolis Colts Predictions for 2010/2011 NFL Season
The Colts will have a solid season, that’s for sure. How solid, once again will depend on the health of Peyton Manning. If Manning somehow gets injured, the Colts will be in trouble. He has proven over the years, he is durable; so expect Indianapolis to once again be at the top of the AFC. The +700 to win the Super Bowl may prove to be a solid bet in early February. Be careful with the AFC bet, as it appears many teams have a great shot to take it.