How Will the Colts do This Season?
The 2020 NFL season is scheduled to begin on the 10th of September with the traditional NFL Kickoff Game. It will be the 101st season of the National Football League, with Super Bowl LV taking place on the 7th of February at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Fans of the Indianapolis Colts will be hoping to see their team run out at the stadium in February but how will the Colts do this season?
A quick glance back at last season shows the Colts suffered due to the retirement of quarterback Andrew Luck. It was not a regular retirement and Luck called time on his career late in the preseason schedule, leaving the quarterback position in disarray. The team finished with a 7-9 record and will be hoping for improvements in the upcoming season.
The first issue to resolve ahead of the new campaign was clearly the quarterback position. The Colts have brought in Philip Rivers, who may be 38 years of age but the addition of the former Los Angeles Chargers QB is exciting for Colts fans. Rivers will have the opportunity to team up with head coach Frank Reich and offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni, both of whom he has worked with successfully in the past.
However, it is worth pointing out that Rivers recorded 20 interceptions against 23 touchdowns last season and he will want to improve that record with the Colts.
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In terms of their offense, the Colts have added some exciting names to their roster including RB Jonathan Taylor and WR Michael Pittman Jr. They join former San Francisco 49er DeForest Buckner, who formed part of a front line that went all the way to Super Bowl LIV with the 49ers. In addition to the new signings, the Colts will need T.Y. Hilton to remain fit for longer than he did last season. Due to injury, Hilton managed only 45 receptions and 501 receiving yards, the lowest of his NFL career.
Having Hilton available for the majority of the season would be a huge boost to the chances of success for the Indianapolis Colts. However, whenever there is a group of new players in the team, it can take time for them to gel and that could be the main issue facing the Colts this season. There will be a lot of pressure on the shoulders of second-round pick Pittman Jr but if the receiver can deliver the goods, Colts fans could be in for a memorable season.
Finishing above the Tennessee Titans in the AFC South could prove problematic but there is no doubt the Colts have what it takes to finish in second place. If they can book a Wild Card place, it would be a good season.