The Colts will line up Sunday at 1PM against the Oakland Raiders under the direction of Andrew Luck and Coach Chuck Pagano, who let’s be honest, is in his first year with the Colts. The only consistently the Colts have known over the past three seasons are veterans Reggie Wayne and Robert Mathis. Lining up behind the sophomore Luck with be veteran running back from the New York Giants Ahmad Bradshaw and second year Colts running back Vick Ballard – I would hardly call two second year players and a new face consistent. From the wide receiver standpoint Hilton is poised to make a splash in his second year but more interestingly Darrius Heyward-Bey gets to line up against his former team week one. Peyton Manning doesn't get that experience until week six of his second year away from Indianapolis.
So who is this Indianapolis Colts team? Let me tell you…they are a young, well balanced football team who is getting overlooked. The only thing potentially holding the Colts back this year is a tough schedule. If you notice, despite a lack of consistency, the Colts are stock full of second year players or young veterans who have come from other teams. Grigson has put in systems to assure he avoids the pitfalls of his predecessor Bill Polian with the hiring of back-up veteran quarterback Matt Hasselback, who unlike Kerry Collins, still has an arm.
The Colts are big favorites in week one at home against the Raiders. I am going to through a caution to fans that you should expect a win but I wouldn’t expect a blowout. This Colts team is different than what Indianapolis is accustom to seeing in the past. They will win games but by a closer margin and the flash will only come out at times. It is almost, dare I say, a boring style of football, but it is steady, conservative, smart football. Prediction – Colts win 20 to 13. If you haven’t done so yet please be sure to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter. Also be sure to leave me a comment with your prediction for week one – for the Colts or your favorite team! Live, love and play like there is no tomorrow – thanks for reading!
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