The Colts’ season relies entirely on Andrew Luck. The previous years have been based only around his health. Sitting out an entire year, what can Andrew Luck do now that he is healthy?
AFC SOUTH DIVISION WINNERS: +190 (Bovada)
AFC CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS: +1000 (Bovada)
SUPER BOWL 53 CHAMPIONS: +2000 (Bovada)
Team Win Total: O/U 7.5 (Westgate)
Week 1 @ New England (+7) Week 9 @ Denver (PK)
Week 2 @ Tennessee (PK) Week 10 BYE WEEK
Week 3 vs. New York (Giants) (-6) Week 11 @ Washington (-3)
Week 4 @ Indianapolis (-3) Week 12 vs. Tennessee (-3.5)
Week 5 vs. Dallas (-3) Week 13 vs. Cleveland (-10)
Week 6 vs. Buffalo (-6) Week 14 vs. Indianapolis (-7.5)
Week 7 @ Jacksonville (+3) Week 15 @ New York (Jets) (+1.5)
Week 8 vs. Miami (-7) Week 16 @ Philadelphia (+5.5)
Week 17 vs. Jacksonville
The Texans have a few tough road tests in the Patriots, Eagles and Redskins. The way their schedule lines up isn’t terrible a middle bye week and home stretches are nice. The bookends of the season are where the Texans might see some struggles.
Key Team Additions and Subtractions
Additions – WR Ryan Grant, TE Eric Ebron, T Austin Howard, G Matt Slauson, DE Denico Autry, LB Najee Goode
Subtractions – RB Frank Gore, WR Donte Moncrief, DT Jonathon Hankins, LB Johnathon Bostic, and CB Rashaan Melvin
Draft – G Quenton Nelson, LB Darius Leonard, G Braden Smith, DE Kemoko Turay, DE Tyquan Lewis, RB Nyhiem Hines, WR Daurice Fountain, RB Jordan Wilkins, WR Deon Cain, LB Matthew Adams, and LB Zaire Franklin
This is a well known fact the Colts are a completely different team with Andrew Luck. HE can make or break their season dependent on health. Luck allows the defense to get breaks which in turn keeps the games closer for Luck to dominate in.
Marlon Mack is a steady back coming into his second year. He showed flashes that he could help the Colts in the run game, after being behind Frank Gore last year. Hines could be the Alvin Kamara of this draft. He has a lot of different ways to beat you in the ground game but also has soft enough hands to catch out of the back field.
T.Y. Hilton isn’t a top flight wide out but pairing him with Luck makes it seem otherwise. Pairing him with Ryan Grant should allow them to both have some solid looks. Jack Doyle and Eric Erbon are one of the best 1-2 tightend combos. Both can catch and will help Luck immensely in the pass game.
The Colts had a top ten pick and took a guard which rarely happens. Quenton Nelson is that good. He will help to protect Luck who for years has had a swiss cheese line. Bringing in Slauson and Howard will immediately help the competition in preseason. Adding in Nelson and Smith to the mix may give Luck his best line, he has ever had.
Jabaal Sheard is a tough task to handle on the outside, he has force quite a few fumbles in his career as well as gets pressure on the quarterback. The plan is to rotate multiple guys through the line, keeping fresh legs. Kemoko Turay is an exciting rookie to watch. John Simmons could become a good player but was injuried last year and had to be sidelined.
This linebacking core is an open battle. Darius Leonard should be able to compete for a starting job. But really there isn’t much to be excited here. undrafted rookie Skai Moore could be a sneaky good pick up as he led USC in tackles and interceptions.
Malik Hooker is a pro bowl caliber saftey and Quincy Wilson had a nice rookie season but this secondary is bad. It wont be much improved from last year in which it ranked lower third of the league in almost all categories.
Ka’imi Fairbairn hit 20 of his twenty-five attempts last season and will continue as the kicker for the Texans this season. Keke Coutee will take over the return role as he did in college.
The ageless wonder Adam Vinatieri is back to help the Colts. Rookie Hines will get the first crack at the return role.
Andrew Luck Come Back Player of the Year +600 (skybet)
There are plenty of talented players including Aaron Rodgers, David Johnson, Carson Wentz and J.J. Watt that will all be in play here. Andrew Luck means more to his team than the rest of them. The Packers were still competitive without Rodgers, Luck means more to his team the Watt and DJ and Wentz’s team won a Superbowl without him.
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