What Happened Last Season
The Indianapolis Colts finished the regular season 10-6 and were the No. 3 seed in the AFC playoffs. They lost in the AFC Wild Card game to the New York Jets.
The Colts enter this season with many of the same storylines that they always have. With Peyton Manning, Reggie Wayne, Dallas Clark, Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie, the Colts should enjoy having one of the top pass offenses in the league.
Also, the defensive end tandem of Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis is one of the best in the league at putting pressure on opposing quarterbacks.
However, there are the usual questions that surround the Colts every year.
Can the Colts run the ball?
Can the Colts stop the run?
Can the Colts' receivers and defense stay healthy?
Now there is a new question to add to that list:
Will Peyton Manning's neck surgery affect his play on the field this year?
As long as Manning's healthy, the Colts' passing offense combined with the occasional great game by the defense will get the Colts in the playoffs.
If the Colts are going to get any further than that, the run offense and run defense need to step up for the Colts like they did in 2006 when they did win it all.