The Indianapolis Colts are the team to beat in the AFC

The 2009 Indianapolis Colts season began with a narrow win against the Jacksonville Jaguars and a notable Monday Night Football victory against the Miami Dolphins.

Having football on offense for less than 15 minutes and still winning just shows you have offensive talent that the Colts can be. Peyton Manning is completing almost 70% of his pass attempts and will surely make another run for league MVP again this season.

The Colts are loaded on offense with WR Reggie Wayne, WR Pierre Garcon, WR Anthony Gonzalez, TE Dallas Clark, RB Joseph Addai, RB Donald Brown, and of course, QB Peyton Manning.

While Joseph Addai had a bad year at 08′, many expect him to recapture his 07′ form and be a big contributor this season.

While Manning is one of the best quarterbacks in the league, there still needs to be a balance between running and shooting the ball. Peyton Manning is averaging over 300 yards per game, if this continues expect the Colts to play well in January.

While it goes without saying how good the Colts’ offense is, their defense will eventually decide the fate of their season. While the Colts’ defense has allowed more yards than they’d like, their opponents’ scoring is in their teens, which is very good.

Keeping NFL teams from scoring, on average, less than 20 points per game gives the Colts a chance to win every game with Manning leading.

The Colts are a paragon of consistency and this 2009 season has been no different thus far. The loss of Tony Dungy was a cause for concern, but as of now it doesn’t seem to matter who is head coach as long as Peyton Manning takes the plays at center.

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