Indianapolis Colts 2010-2011 Season Preview

A Look Back – After 14 wins to start the 2009 season, the Indianapolis Colts took their foot off the gas pedal. They lost both of their final two regular season contests, as they gave up their chance at the perfect season by playing a ton of reserves. It didn’t appear to hurt them during the playoffs either, as they came out of the blocks and played well in the AFC side of the postseason. However, losing Super Bowl XLIV was a painful defeat, as QB Peyton Manning was stopped for his quest for a second Lombardi Trophy.

Key Addition – LB Pat Angerer – Even though Angerer was the second round draft choice of the Colts this year, they were really set at defensive end, where they also added Jerry Hughes in the first round. Angerer, a product of Iowa, is a prototypical speedy Cover 2 linebacker. Indianapolis could probably use an upgrade at that position, which is why Angerer might find himself starting from Day 1 as an outside linebacker.

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Key Loss – DE Raheem Brock – The addition of Hughes in the draft really made Brock totally dispensable. However, he is the only major loss that this team has incurred from last year. Brock provided great depth off the end, racking up 3.5 sacks last year in eight starts. However, there was really no place for him, as he would’ve been the fourth defensive end option.

2010 Will Be a Success if… – The Colts stay healthy and don’t beat themselves. There have been nothing but additions and very few subtractions for Indy, and as long as #18 stays upright and the rest of the team doesn’t incur a ton of losses, there is no reason for it not to return to the playoffs.

The Crucial Game – Any time the Colts and Patriots square off, it’s a big deal. On November 21st, the two juggernauts of the AFC will meet at Gillette Stadium. The good news for both teams is that this one tussle won’t be the difference between either one making the playoffs or not. However, the more crucial part of this game is that the winner of this game will hold the tiebreaker should the two end up with the same record. This could make the difference between the AFC Championship Game being played in New England and Indianapolis.

Predictions – Though the schedule is always brutal for the Indianapolis Colts, there is no reason not to win at least 10-11 games once again. Their NFL regular season wins total is 10.5. Peyton’s posse is just too strong to be dealt with on a regular basis, and though a few trips might come along the way, when the dust settles, this is going to be one of the toughest teams to beat in the NFL on a regular basis.

2010 Indianapolis Colts Regular Season Schedule

9/12 @ HOU
9/19 vs. NYG
9/26 @ DEN
10/3 @ JAC
10/10 vs. KC
10/17 @ WAS
11/1 vs. HOU
11/7 @ PHI
11/14 vs. CIN
11/21 @ NE
11/28 vs. SD
12/5 vs. DAL
12/9 @ TEN
12/19 vs. JAC
12/26 @ OAK
1/2 vs. TEN

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1 Response » to “Indianapolis Colts 2010-2011 Season Preview”

  1. mark says:

    i love the colts

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