The 2011 season was one of misery for the Indianapolis Colts organization and fan base. The club opened play with a 0-13 start to their regular season and finished up at 2-14 and missed the playoffs for the first time in nine seasons. Peyton Manning missed all of the 2011 pre and regular season due to a neck injury following many surgeries. Instead of paying Manning a hefty bonus that would impact their salary cap the Colts parted ways with their hall of fame quarterback and tanked the season to ensure getting Andrew Luck as the number one pick in the draft. Head coach Jim Caldwell was let go and the Colts hired former Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano as head coach. He has no prior head coaching experience in the NFL. In 2012 the AFC South will face all teams from the NFC North and AFC East.
The Indianapolis Colts 2012 regular season win total has been lined at 5 ½ wins. Bettors have made the under 5 ½ wins the current favorite at -200 odds. Those betting on the Colts to get over 5 ½ wins will find a return of +160 odds. The Colts season win odds have come courtesy of Oddsmaker sportsbook.
The Colts are rebuilding with Andrew Luck under center. The question for Luck is how much help will he get from his run game? They took three Stanford products with their first three draft picks as they pickup tight ends Colby Fleener and Dwayne Allen. Gone are Dallas Clark, Pierre Garcon and Jacob Tamme who were important cogs in the receiving department. They will have to rely on Donald Brown and Delone Carter in the run game. Brown ran for 645 yards rushing a season ago with 4.8 yards per carry. Delone Carter rushed for 377 yards in 2011 and had just 3.7 yards per run attempt. Brown put up good numbers but what happens when he is asked for more carries this season as he averaged just 8 ½ carries per game? They must replace center Jeff Saturday who was lost in free agency. Indianapolis drafted just two defensive players as defenders were their fifth and ninth selections in the draft. The Colts were 28th in the league in points allowed by giving up nearly 27 points per game. They allowed nearly 144 yards rushing a contest which was 29th worst out of 32 teams. As bad as the Colts offense was last season the defense digressed just as much and went pretty much unnoticed by many with Manning injured. Not enough talent around Luck so the play here is under 5 ½ wins for Indianapolis with sportsbook betting.