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Andrew Luck celebrates during the 2012 Fiesta Bowl between Stanford and Oklahoma State.
This one may surprise you—or, it may not.
Most people either expect the Colts to build a dynasty and compete in the long run or completely fold and fail to contend with Andrew Luck. However, I think the Colts can start strong right away.
Peyton Manning's Colts went 3-13 in their first year, but then, they made the playoffs in 10 of Manning's next 12 years. However, I think the Colts will start strong. Luck is never fazed by any stage, and he should be ready to start right away.
Indianapolis starts the season against Chicago, Minnesota and Jacksonville. All of those games are winnable, and Luck should get settled into the NFL with those games. Then, he'll be ready to compete against the Packers and Jets—Indy's next two opponents.
Luck is an accurate quarterback who rarely throws interceptions. He should keep his rookie mistakes to a minimum, and he should be able to read defenses well and make the adjustments needed. Luck likely won't miss open receivers, and he should have a good rookie campaign.
Oh, and Indianapolis drafted fellow Stanford tight end Coby Fleener. That should help Luck get used to the NFL, and having Fleener should help him, as he will know what route Fleener will be running.
Indianapolis ranked 25th in total defense, but they played well on D at the end of the year. The Colts, who are rebuilding, should be able to come together and make the necessary plays to win games.
The Colts will shock you and compete for a playoff spot.