2022 Season Preview: The AFC South looks like the only division with a big “talent gap” between the first- and second-best teams. Colts fans should be pleased that their club is rated #1 heading into 2022. Veteran quarterback Matt Ryan still has a great arm, running back Jonathan Taylor is impossible to stop, and head coach Frank Reich knows how to run an offense. That should produce a dozen wins in Indianapolis, if not more, and plenty of highlight-reel plays. New defensive coordinator Gus Bradley has plenty of good players to work with on the other side of the ball.
2021 Season Roundup: A slow start and losses in their last two games cost the Colts a trip to the postseason. In between, they lost just three times—and two of those losses came in overtime, so their record could have been much better. Jonathan Taylor led the NFL in rushing by a mile and scored 18 touchdowns to make a bid for league MVP. Darius Leonard, DeForest Buckner, and Kenny Moore led one of the best defensive units in the AFC, but a 15-point defeat at the hands of the Jaguars on the final Sunday ruined a season that was full of promise.
November 21, 2021: Running back Jonathan Taylor set a new team record when he scored 5 touchdowns against the Buffalo Bills. The Bills had the best running defense in the NFL going into the game.
October 27, 2021: Rigoberto Sanchez was named Special Teams Player of the Week for the second time in a month thanks to his 79-yard punt during a victory over the 49ers. His kick, into the teeth of a swirling rainstorm, was the longest in team history.
2021 Season Preview: Carson Wentz takes over at quarterback for the Colts, who have one of the best offensive lines in the NFL. His passing targets include sure-handed Michael Pittman, Parris Campbell, Zach Paschal, and Jack Doyle. Jonathan Taylor will build on an excellent rookie season at running back, while the defense should rank in the Top 10 for the second year in a row.
2020 Season Roundup: The Colts had their most balanced team in years and made plays when they had to. The result was an 11–5 season, a trip to the playoffs, and a narrow loss to the Buffalo Bills. Old-timer Philip Rivers threw for more than 4,000 yards and Jonathan Taylor had a great second half, running for 1,169 yards in his rookie season. DeForest Buckner and Darius Leonard had All-Pro years on defense.
December 6, 2020: Justin Houston tied a league record when he forced a safety for the fourth time in his career during a game against the Houston Texans.
2020 Season Preview: The Colts go into battle with Philip Rivers at quarterback. The longtime Charger will have help in the huddle thanks to running backs Marlon Mack and rookie Jonathan Taylor, who could combine for 2,000-plus yards. Rivers also has the best group of blockers in the AFC. Newcomer DeForest Buckner will lead the defensive line, backed by solid linebackers and young and enthusiastic pass defenders.
2019 Season Roundup: The sudden retirement of Andrew Luck and season-ending injury to tight end Eric Ebron kept the Colts from finishing a season that started with several impressive victories. Quarterback Jacoby Brissett played well at times, but the team needed a star at that position to make the playoffs. The standout of 2019 was Quenton Nelson, who was recognized as the best left guard in the NFL.
November 17, 2019: Adam Vinatieri booted a 34-yard field goal against the Jaguars to move into first place on the all-time list. It was the 710th field goal of his career—one better than Morten Andersen.
2019 Season Preview: If Andrew Luck can stay on the field and the young defense takes another step forward in 2019, the Colts will be back in the playoffs. As Indy fans know, that’s two very big IF’s. Marlon Mack showed he can be a #1 running back and Spencer Ware should be okay as his back-up. The defense was full of surprises for opponents in 2018, including rookie Darius Leonard, who led the NFL in tackles and was named an All-Pro. Justin Houston, signed away from the Chiefs, will shift to the defensive line from linebacker, where his pass-rushing skills could add a new wrinkle to the Colts D.
2018 Season Roundup: The Colts made the playoffs after a miserable 1–5 start thanks to a great season by Andrew Luck. He threw for 4,593 yards and 39 touchdowns. Newcomer Eric Ebron had a career year at tight end and linebacker Darius Leonard led one of the best defenses in the AFC. Indianapolis beat the Houston Texans in the Wild Card round of the playoffs but lost to the chief the following weekend.
October 28, 2018: Adam Vinatieri became the NFL’s all-time leading scorer after booting a field goal against the Raiders.
September 9, 2018: Adam Vinatieri booted a 42-yard field goal against the Houston Texans to set a new all-time record for field goals, with 556. The old record was held by Morten Andersen.
2018 Season Preview: Quarterback Andrew Luck is still in his 20s, but he has absorbed a career’s worth of hits in just a few seasons. Does he still have greatness in him or is his luck running out? He has two superb receivers in T.Y. Hilton and Ryan Grant, as well as a decent group of pass blockers. Luck just has to get rid of the ball quicker. Even a great season from him won’t be enough for a winning record, however, unless the Indy defense improves at almost every position.
2017 Season Roundup: A preseason injury to Andrew Luck pushed Jacoby Brissett into the starting quarterback role. He did better than expected, but a 30th-ranked defense prevented the Colts from winning more than four games. Veteran Frank Gore led the club with 961 rushing yards and tight end Jack Doyle caught a team-high 80 passes.
December 31, 2017: Frank Gore became the fifth player in history to rush for more than 14,000 yards. The first four were Walter Payton, Barry Sanders, Emmitt Smith, and Curtis Martin.
2017 Season Preview: A lot rests on the surgically repaired shoulder of QB Andrew Luck in 2017. After two straight 8–8 season, Indianapolis fans are hoping for a return trip to the AFC title game and maybe even the Super Bowl. If they get there, the offense has to play like it did in 2014. And the defense will need to keep games close for Luck’s fourth-quarter heroics.
2016 Season Roundup: The Colts turned in their second straight 8–8 season in 2016 and missed the playoffs for the second year in a row. That hadn’t happened since the 1990s. The team played well against weak opponents but could not beat strong ones. Andrew Luck threw for 4,240 yards and 31 touchdowns, and veteran Frank Gore ran for over 1,000 yards. But the defense was unable to make big stops in close games.
2016 Season Preview: How many times did Andrew Luck end up on the bottom of a pile in 2015? Too many to count. That will have to change if the Colts want to get to the Super Bowl in 2016. Rookie Ryan Kelly should be a big help as the team’s new center, and Jack Mewhort could be one of the NFL’s best guards. The defensive line is good, but the players behind them need to be more consistent—especially the linebackers and safeties.
December 27, 2015: Adam Vinatieri joined Gary Anderson and Morten Andersen as the only kickers in history with 500 field goals.
October 4, 2015: Kicker Adam Vinatieri became the first player to score 1,000 points with two different teams.
2015 Season Preview: The Colts hope that veteran runner Frank Gore will keep opponents from guessing pass on most plays. That should help Andrew Luck, who has a new target in Andre Johnson. If Luck’s blocking holds up, he could have an MVP season.
November 16, 2014: Adam Vinatieri kicked two field goals and two extra points against the Patriots to reach 100 points for the 17th time in his career. He had been tied with Jason Elam for the most 100-point seasons.
September 2, 2014: When Andrew luck looks down the field in 2014, he will have his choice of three excellent receivers—Reggie Wayne, Hakeem Nicks, and T.Y. Hilton. He may have to throw fast, however, because once again there are some softy spots on he offensive line. There are some new faces in the starting defensive lineup, but the Colts should nevertheless have enough to make it to the playoffs.
December 29, 2013: Robert Mathis had two sacks against the Jaguar to finish as the NFL leader for 2013 with 19.5 sacks.
October 14, 2013: Reggie Wayne became the 9th player in history with 1,000 receptions. The Colts are the only team with two 1,000-catch players. The first was Marvin Harrison.
September 4, 2013: Indianapolis opponents will be hoping for a little less Luck this year. Of course, that’s Andrew Luck. He specialized in game-winning drives as a rookie in 2012, and will be looking to boost the Colts to the top of the division in 2013. The team had a good draft and has plenty of experienced veterans who can make game-changing plays, such as Reggie Wayne. He’s part of a group of talented receivers that includes T.Y. Hilton and Darrius Heyward-Bey.
February 2, 2013: Bruce Arians was named NFL Coach of the Year. Filling in for Chuck Pagano (who underwent treatment for Leukemia), Arians guided a young and experienced team to 9 wins in 12 games—and an unexpected spot in the playoffs. Unfortunately, the Colts ran into the Super Bowl-bound Ravens in the playoffs and lost 24–9.
November 4, 2012: Andrew Luck set a new record for rookie quarterbacks when he threw for 433 yards in a 23–20 victory over the Miami Dolphins.
Summer, 2012: With Peyton Manning gone, rookie Andrew Luck is the new “face” of the Colts. The new offensive coordinator is Bruce Arians—the quarterbacks coach when Manning was a rookie 14 years ago. This should help Luck step into the starting role, as Manning did back in 1998.