After Sunday’s 38-10 rout of the Tennessee Titans (5-5), the Indianapolis Colts (5-5) have won four straight games since starting out 1-5.
Forget your Kansas City Chiefs or your Houston Texans. The Indianapolis Colts are the hottest team in the American Football Conference.
Since finally getting back to full strength, the Colts are 4-0, including two straight wins over divisional opponents. The offense looks like a top five offense in the league, and Andrew Luck just keeps winning.
The Colts have averaged 36.5 points per game through the last four games and most recently dropped 38 points on the Tennessee Titans’ first-ranked scoring defense in the NFL (allowed 16.0 ppg before Sunday). The growth and success of the offensive line mixed with a healthy Andrew Luck and a thriving run game have made the Indianapolis offense the most potent group in football over the past four weeks.
Andrew Luck is a shoo in for comeback player of the year, but if he continues this upward trend in which he has thrown three touchdown passes in seven straight weeks, he could be finding himself in the offensive player of the year or even MVP talks depending on how well Indianapolis finishes the season as a team.
Another player who looks to be back at full speed is wide receiver T.Y. Hilton, who gashed Adoree Jackson and the Titans’ secondary all day long for 9 catches, 155 yards and 2 touchdowns. When both are healthy, there is no better duo in football than Luck and Hilton.
Now sitting back only two games behind the division leading Texans, the Colts aim to not only win the division, but straight up win out. They will need their young defense to continue making big plays.
The Colts defense intercepted Tennessee twice on Sunday, which extended their streak of games forcing a turnover to 10 games – meaning the Colts have forced a turnover in every game this season. Led by rookie Darius Leonard, who intercepted Blaine Gabbert Sunday, the Indianapolis defense has improved by miles. They are not an elite unit (yet), but they are good enough to win games in the NFL, which is all the Colts can ask of them.
With Andrew Luck finally healthy behind a solid offensive line throwing to a finally healthy receiving corps, the sky is the limit for this Indianapolis Colts team. Next up is the Miami Dolphins (5-5) in Lucas Oil Stadium next Sunday. The Colts open up as 9.5-point favorites.