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A decked-out Colts fan roots for the Colts to beat the Jets in the playoffs.
Most people are expecting the Colts to land in the cellar of the AFC, or maybe even the league.
However, I'm expecting Luck and the Colts to surprise everyone and make a splash early on in their dynasty.
The AFC isn't as strong as the NFC, and the Colts can definitely make the playoffs. I think New England, Denver, Baltimore, and Houston will win their divisions, and I think Cincinnati, Indianapolis, the New York Jets, Kansas City, and possibly San Diego or Oakland will contend for a Wild Card spot.
Here's why the Colts will secure one of the two spots...
Indianapolis starts the season against Chicago, Minnesota and Jacksonville. The only opponent that I think will contend in that group is Chicago, and they are definitely beatable (even though they play in Chicago).
The Colts' pass defense struggled in 2011, but Jay Cutler is prone to throwing interceptions. Chicago was great against the run, but they struggled mightily against the pass. Indianapolis' pass D should settle in against the Bears, Vikings and Jaguars, just like the offense.
Since Fleener and Luck are together, they should dominate from start to finish. Against a terrible pass defense like Chicago, Luck should be able to settle in to the NFL and prepare for the rest of the season, against tougher defenses.
Indianapolis may have trouble stopping the run, as they have some holes on the defensive line. However, their defense showed improvement at the end of the year, and I think the team will be fine on D.
While the team has a few holes on defense, their offense should play very well now and in the long run. They have dynamic receivers and tight ends like Coby Fleener, Dwayne Allen, and LaVon Brazill coming in from the draft, and they have a strong, accurate quarterback who is very confident and ready to succeed in the NFL.
The offense will settle in early on. Even though the Jaguars have a good defense, the Minnesota Vikings, Green Bay Packers, and Chicago Bears have below-average defenses, and the Colts play them early. Plus, they have a good running back in Vick Ballard.
Ballard is a good running back with a great work ethic, and he is patient and explodes through holes. He could play well as a secondary, short yardage back, as he fights for extra yardage but doesn't usually rack up huge yardage.
Sure, the team is young. Sure, more than half of the team is made up of new players. However, the team is full of talented, athletic, determined players who will do anything they can to help the Colts win.
And that's why the Colts are headed to the playoffs.