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There’s not a team that had a worse Week 1 than the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts were the biggest favorite to lose outright per the NFL betting odds, falling to a Jacksonville Jaguars team that many believed was the worst in the NFL. To make matters worse, starting running back Marlon Mack suffered a season-ending Achilles injury, forcing the Colts to rely on Nyheim Hines and rookie Jonathan Taylor for the rest of the season. Indianapolis will look to put that behind them when they host the Minnesota Vikings in Week 2, and they are favorites to get the win.

2020 Indianapolis Colts at a Glance

Super Bowl Odds: +3500

AFC Championship Odds: +1800

Indianapolis Colts Week 2 Odds

Indianapolis Colts -3

Minnesota Vikings +3

Total 47.5

Indianapolis Colts Week 2 Matchup

Minnesota had its own problems in a Week 1 loss to Green Bay. The Vikings lost a lot of pieces on defense over the offseason, and it showed in a 43-34 loss that saw Aaron Rodgers shred this secondary through the air. Rodgers completed 32 of 44 passes for 364 yards and four touchdowns, while the maligned Packers’ run game churned out almost 5.0 YPC on the afternoon.

This is still a talented linebacking corps, but Minnesota lost a lot of key pieces along the defensive line and in the secondary. Everson Griffen left in the offseason and Michael Pierce decided to opt out after signing a big free agent deal from Baltimore. Danielle Hunter has started the season on the injured reserve too, while Yannick Ngakoue was only added two weeks before the start of the season and needs time to learn the system.

The secondary might be in even worse shape after Trae Waynes, Xavier Rhodes, Mackensie Alexander, and Andrew Sendejo all left in the offseason. Harrison Smith is the only veteran left in the unit, and the inexperience of Mike Hughes and Holton Hill showed in their new roles.

Philip Rivers can take advantage of these defensive backs. Rivers did throw two costly interceptions in the loss to the Jaguars, but he also threw for 363 yards in that game. He distributed the ball effectively, and these receivers should be able to get open against the Vikings. T.Y. Hilton and Rivers weren’t able to connect too often in their first game together with Hilton making the catch on four of nine targets, but that should improve this week.

The Colts defense may be in some trouble though. Gardner Minshew effectively moved the ball against this secondary, and the Vikings do have a better quarterback than Minshew in Kirk Cousins. While many are quick to lampoon Cousins, he is still an above average quarterback in this league, and he averaged 10.4 YPA against the Packers in Week 1. He no longer has Stefon Diggs to stretch the field, but Adam Thielen can get open underneath.

Indianapolis has one of the league’s top young linebackers in Darius Leonard, and a front that can stop the run with DeForest Buckner in the center and Justin Houston on the outside. There will be a lot of attention on Rhodes too, as he faces his former team in Minnesota.

Indianapolis Colts Week 1 Recap

If not for a Laviska Shenault dropped pass, Minshew would have completed every pass he threw against the Colts in the first game of the season. The second-year quarterback completed 19 of 20 passes on the afternoon, doing just enough to lead the Jaguars to a victory.

However, there is plenty for the Colts to take out of the loss. Indianapolis had over 200 total yards of offense more than Jacksonville, but they continually shot themselves in the foot. They turned it over on downs at the Jacksonville three-yard line in the first quarter, and Rivers’ two interceptions led to 10 points for the Jaguars.

One of the things Indianapolis must do a better job of is running the ball effectively. Hines and Taylor carried the ball 16 times for 50 yards, and that’s a very disappointing number against a Jaguars’ front seven that lost Ngakoue, Calais Campbell, and others in the offseason. The duo were far more effective catching passes out of the backfield though, so that should continue to be a part of the offense.

Indianapolis Colts Schedule & Results

Week 1 at Jacksonville Jaguars L 27-20 0-1
Week 2 vs Minnesota Vikings Sunday, September 20 1:00 PM (FOX)
Week 3 vs New York Jets Sunday, September 27 4:05 PM (CBS)
Week 4 at Chicago Bears Sunday, October 4 1:00 PM (CBS)
Week 5 at Cleveland Browns Sunday, October 11 4:25 PM (CBS)
Week 6 vs Cincinnati Bengals Sunday, October 18 1:00 PM (FOX)
Week 8 at Detroit Lions Sunday, November 1 1:00 PM (CBS)
Week 9 vs Baltimore Ravens Sunday, November 8 1:00 PM (CBS)
Week 10 at Tennessee Titans Thursday, November 12 8:20 PM (FOX/NFL)
Week 11 vs Green Bay Packers Sunday, November 22 1:00 PM (FOX)
Week 12 vs Tennessee Titans Sunday, November 29 1:00 PM (CBS)
Week 13 at Houston Texans Sunday, December 6 1:00 PM (CBS)
Week 14 at Las Vegas Raiders Sunday, December 13 4:05 PM (CBS)
Week 15 vs Houston Texans Sunday, December 20 TBD
Week 16 at Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday, December 27 1:00 PM (CBS)
Week 17 vs Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday, January 3 1:00 PM (CBS)
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Colts Past Seasons (2000)

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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