The Indianapolis Colts are certainly not thrilled with how their 2021 season ended. It started in disappointing fashion having lost their first three games. They improved, but still lost to the Tennessee Titans twice, including a painful goal at home – 34-31 in extra time. Then the Colts broke down in tears.
They won six of the next seven games, forcing everyone to realize that their roster is one of the strongest in the NFL. When fit, their attack line was outstanding and their main ball carrier, Jonathan Taylor, was brilliantly behind that group, with a total of 2,171 yards from tackle and 20 touchdowns. Michael Pittman Jr has shown he is the No. 1 wide opener with 88 catches from 1,082 yards and six touches. The Colts’ defense was ranked seventh by Football Outsiders in the weighted DVOA overall.
By Week 17, the Colts were a luxury pick to win the Super Bowl, and then their season ended with a loud fart instead of a bang. They lost at home to the Las Vegas Raiders, but still only had to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars to get into the playoffs. Jaguars, who had a few weeks earlier fired their coach, Urban Meyer, in one of the great one-season disasters in NFL history, ended their season with the big consolation bonus of a second win of the season and the bonus of knocking a divisional opponent out. knockout – Colts.
That loaded roster couldn’t make a seven-team playoff, so instead of standing pat, they decided to make some changes. First, they didn’t hesitate to bail Carson Wentz after a season and a full 185 yards of him making a total of 17 passes in a must-win game against a terrible team. The Colts will have another starter this season, the consistent Matt Ryan. The 2016 MVP might not be so spectacular, but there’s a good chance he won’t be so spectacularly terrible, especially on a team as talented as this.
Not satisfied with their defense as it is, the Colts signed another NFL winner. Today, they Signed Defensive Player of the Year 2019 Stephon Gilmore signs a two-year contract. He was traded mid-season from the New England Patriots to the Carolina Panthers. He’ll be playing opposite Pro Bowl linebacker Kenny Moore II.
Gilmore isn’t the only player the Colts have added to their solid defence. To boost their passing power, they traded in for Yannick Ngakoue, who totaled 10 sacks last season, the second double-digit season of his career. He will join the seven-man team that already includes some of the NFL’s best players Darius Leonard and DeForest Buckner.
The Colts could still use some speed at the wide receiver, but unfortunately their most obvious weakness this year is that they don’t have a first-round draft pick. Still, it’s a far-reaching class of reception, and Chris Ballard has proven himself to be a good scout in any round of the NFL Draft.
They have every reason to be upset with the way last season ended, but all is far from guaranteed, especially in the AFC. The Colts will still have to battle the Titans in their division and a playoff game against the Buffalo Bills, Kansas City Chiefs, or the upcoming 2021 AFC Champion Cincinnati Bengals. Additionally, the Baltimore Ravens will have better injury luck than they did last season, and the Cleveland Browns will also be championship contenders after adding Deshaun Watsonand they will also hope that the trauma bug doesn’t bite hard by 2022.
The road to the Super Bowl wasn’t smooth for the Indianapolis Colts, but they did their best for the journey. It’s a roster that could rank with anyone in the NFL, all they have to do now is stay as healthy as possible and avoid stumbling again at the end of the season.