Indianapolis Colts NFL Season Recap

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It was a disappointing end to the season for the Indianapolis Colts. Indianapolis became the first team to lose a playoff game with 450 yards and no turnovers. The Colts hung around with the Buffalo Bills throughout their Wild Card matchup, but they just didn’t have enough to pull off the upset in the end. This franchise now has a lot of decisions to make in the offseason after winning 11 games for the first time since 2014.

Indianapolis Colts Season Recap

The front office has to be happy with the moves it made in the offseason. Indianapolis signed veteran quarterback Philip Rivers to a one-year contract, and Rivers played very well despite some hiccups early on. The Colts didn’t have a first-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft as a result of the DeForest Buckner trade, but Buckner proved to be one of the most valuable additions any team made in the offseason as his presence alone made Indianapolis much better in run defense. Indy’s two second-round picks were both hits too as Michael Pittman Jr. became the Colts’ second-best receiver and Jonathan Taylor was the best rookie running back in the NFL.

Let’s start with Rivers. The 39-year-old quarterback was worth $25 million as he immediately improved Indianapolis’ passing game. Although he had some iffy performances in the first part of the season, he gelled with his team over the second half of the year to complete 68 percent of his passes for 4,169 yards (7.7 YPA) with 24 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. The offensive line did a good job keeping him upright outside of the Pittsburgh game as Rivers was only sacked 19 times in 562 drop-backs through the regular season.

Starting running back Marlon Mack was lost for the year in Week 1. Nyheim Hines, Jordan Wilkins, and Taylor initially split carries as the Colts had a hard time establishing the run despite having one of the best offensive lines in the NFL. However, Taylor came alive from November onwards, and the rookie from Wisconsin ended up as the league’s third-leading rusher behind Derrick Henry and Dalvin Cook. Taylor ran for 1,169 yards (5.0 YPC) and 11 touchdowns, and he only fumbled the ball once.

There needs to be some improvement at wide receiver prior to the 2021 season. T.Y. Hilton is not the deep threat he was for the first seven years of his career as injuries have taken their toll. Hilton still led the Colts with 56 receptions for 762 yards and five touchdowns, but he wasn’t as effective. Pittman did show a lot of potential though, ending the year with 40 receptions for 503 yards and a score despite missing three games.

Quenton Nelson was a First Team All-Pro once again, and Ryan Kelly was a Second Team All-Pro along the offensive line. Star left tackle Anthony Castonzo dealt with injuries though, and he is reportedly mulling retirement.

Indianapolis had the second-best run defense in the league and the best run defense in the AFC. Buckner was the catalyst behind that performance, resulting in First Team All-Pro honors as he led the Colts with 9.5 sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss. Darius Leonard was selected as an All-Pro for the third straight season too, tallying 132 tackles, 9.5 TFL, and three sacks with three forced fumbles.

There is room for improvement in the secondary. The Colts signed Xavier Rhodes from Minnesota, but he didn’t make much of an impact. Safety Malik Hooker only played two games as he suffered a torn Achilles’ tendon in September, leading to Indy posting below average numbers in pass defense.

The Colts have a lot of flexibility this offseason. They have a lot of talented, young players on rookie contracts, and they are expected to be at least $50 million under the cap. Indianapolis will need to figure out its quarterback situation though.

Indianapolis Colts Schedule & Results

Week 1 at Jacksonville Jaguars L 20-27 0-1
Week 2 vs Minnesota Vikings W 28-11 1-1
Week 3 vs New York Jets W 36-7 2-1
Week 4 at Chicago Bears W 19-11 3-1
Week 5 at Cleveland Browns L 23-32 3-2
Week 6 vs Cincinnati Bengals W 31-27 4-2
Week 8 at Detroit Lions W 41-21 5-2
Week 9 vs Baltimore Ravens L 10-24 5-3
Week 10 at Tennessee Titans W 34-17 6-3
Week 11 vs Green Bay Packers W 34-31 (OT) 7-3
Week 12 vs Tennessee Titans L 26-45 7-4
Week 13 at Houston Texans W 26-20 8-4
Week 14 at Las Vegas Raiders W 44-27 9-4
Week 15 vs Houston Texans W 27-20 10-4
Week 16 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 24-28 10-5
Week 17 vs Jacksonville Jaguars W 28-11 11-5
Wild Card Round at Buffalo Bills L 24-27 11-5
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Colts Past Seasons (2000)

2020 11-5 Lost Wild Card Round
2019 7-9 None
2018 10-6 Lost Divisional Round
2017 4-12 None
2016 8-8 None
2015 8-8 None
2014 11-5 Lost Conference Championship
2013 11-5 Lost Divisional Round
2012 11-5 Lost Wild Card Round
2011 2-14 None
2010 10-6 Lost Wild Card Round
2009 14-2 Lost Super Bowl
2008 12-4 Lost Wild Card Round
2007 13-3 Lost Divisional Round
2006 12-4 Won Super Bowl
2005 14-2 Lost Divisional Round
2004 12-4 Lost Divisional Round
2003 12-4 Lost Conference Championship
2002 10-6 Lost Wild Card Round
2001 6-10 None
2000 10-6 Lost Wild Card Round

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