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Indianapolis Colts 2012 NFL Season Preview, Predictions

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2011 record: 2-14 (Fourth in AFC South)

Fearless Forecast

  • Bucky Brooks

    Andrew Luck is the real deal and he will quickly make Colts fans forget about No.18.
    Prediction: 8-8, third in AFC South

  • Daniel Jeremiah

    The Andrew Luck era begins in Indianapolis. The roster has been drastically altered, but defensive mainstays Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis are still there to generate the pass rush. Luck is the real deal; he'll make this team competitive right away.
    Prediction: 7-9, second in AFC South

  • Adam Schein

    Andrew Luck will make an immediate impact. Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis change positions in a new scheme, but they are still Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis.
    Prediction: 6-10, third in AFC South

  • Steve Wyche

    Andrew Luck will provide help but the transition to a 3-4 defense and overall shift in personnel needs will only set the table for the future.
    Prediction: 6-10, fourth in AFC South

In The Spotlight
Andrew Luck | #12 | QB

No need to be creative with this one. Luck’s spectacular start to the preseason will only ramp up expectations for a quarterback who’s only expected to replace one of the top five quarterbacks ever, while said quarterback is still in the league. The good news is, being a son of an NFL quarterback and as high-profile a college athlete as is possible, Luck couldn’t be better prepared for what’s ahead.

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3 Pivotal Games
Week 1 at Bears
Luck doesn’t have to win this start. But it’d help to look good and competent, as he has in the preseason. He does that, the pressure comes off, at least to a certain degree, and he can just play going forward. Either way, facing Julius Peppers and Brian Urlacher will be a good learning experience.
Week 11 at Patriots
It is a fair bet that this is one week when the Peyton Manning comparison are off the charts -- with Luck stepping into a rivalry his predecessor and Tom Brady made into one of the NFL’s best. A good performance against Brady could be another one of those mileposts in a strong rookie year.
Week 17 vs. Texans
We’ve gotten lots of good signs in August on the progress of the rebuilding project being conducted by coach Chuck Pagano and general manager Ryan Grigson. But chances are these Colts aren't playoff-bound. So a strong season finale against a title contender could provide a nice springboard into 2013 (a lot of presumptions, however).

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