Colts AFC South Champions? Reliving the Glory Days in 2017

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Nov 8, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) shakes hands after the game with Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) at Lucas Oil Stadium. Indianapolis defeats Denver 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 8, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) shakes hands after the game with Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) at Lucas Oil Stadium. Indianapolis defeats Denver 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The Indianapolis Colts are not the threatening playoff team they used to be, but NFL fans might catch a glimpse of the once dominating team from 2006.

With the 2017 NFL season just around the corner, the offseason is wrapping up. Schedules have been released, players have been drafted and signed. So now it’s pretty safe to start making predictions on the season ahead.

Some of the best known NFL analysts have already predicted the Tennessee Titans or Houston Texans to win the AFC South when they’re overlooking who had the best offseason. Think about it!


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The Colts fired abysmal general manager Ryan Grigson and hired Chris Ballard, who then went on to completely rebuild and reshape the defense this offseason. The Colts defense went from one of the oldest in the league in 2016, to now one of the youngest through free agency and the draft. In the 2017 NFL Draft, the Colts somehow found safety Malik Hooker, a top ten talent, at pick 15. Then, the Colts did it again and found a first round talent, Quincy Wilson at pick 16 in the second round. They wrapped up the draft in later rounds with Tarell Basham, Zach Banner, Marlon Mack, Grover Stewart, Nate Hairston, and Anthony Walker. Colts fans around the world should be thanking Ballard for these amazing steals.

Next to this great offseason the Colts have the easiest schedule in the NFL this season according to opponent win percentage last season. Their hardest opponent being the Pittsburgh Steelers and their easiest being the Cleveland Browns or San Francisco 49ers. The Colts will have a record anywhere from 9-7 to 12-4 in the 2017 season, winning the division with hardly any question. The real question is… How far will they make it in the playoffs?

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