Why The Colts Are Heading For Super Bowl XLVIII

11/4/13 in NFL   |   rich_jones95   |   3 respect

Oct 14, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; Indianapolis Colts running back Trent Richardson (34) is stopped in the backfield during the second half against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. The Chargers won 19-9. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY SportsSome wise trading leaves the Colts with two of the top three draft picks from a 2012 class stacked 
with potential

Whilst Luck is already a reliable signal caller, a lot rests on how Trent Richardson can perform carrying the ball.

Since being drafted 3rd overall in 2012, Richardson has somewhat struggled to live up to the hype he built up as a star RB with Alabama in the college game.

Although he does the tough work effectively, Richardson still averages only three yards per carry in the NFL.

But with some time to learn his new playbook in Indianapolis following a recent trade from the Browns, I remain convinced Richardson can still breakout and create a frightening offensive duo to intimidate defences.

With Ahmad Bradshaw done for the year, reliance on Richardson will be high – but if he can step up to perform this will be the sort of offense that defensive co-ordinators have nightmares about.
 
Indianapolis’ remaining fixtures appear fairly kind; trips to Cincinnati and Kansas City are their only ties against teams better than 0.500.

With a chance to build up their confidence further in the closing weeks to the season, things look very good.

The main threats within the AFC appear to come from four teams: Kansas City, New England, Denver and Cincinnatti.

Although unbeaten I am still not sold by the Chiefs, and the clash between the two at Arrowhead Park on December 22 will be a big indicator of how these two teams compare.

The Patriots appear a shadow of the side they once were, and despite grounding out wins at this moment in time, their crippling injury list is bound to take its toll as the year progresses.

Nov 3, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) celebrates throwing a touchdown to wide receiver T.Y. Hilton (13) against the Houston Texans during the second half at Reliant Stadium. The Colts won 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY SportsThe Bengals are a strong side but certainly beatable, whilst the Colts have already proved they are capable of getting one over on Peyton Manning and the Broncos.

At this moment in time, Indianapolis seem to be somewhat sneaking under the radar. Well here I am putting my neck on the line to draw attention to a side who are real contenders for the Lombardi Trophy in 2014.
 
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