by Kent Sterling
After the games to open the season against the Denver Broncos and Philadelphia Eagle, the schedule softens, and the Indianapolis Colts should be able to claim another AFC South crown without anything resembling a challenge.
That presupposes a reasonable level of health – meaning quarterback Andrew Luck remains ambulatory. He is the linchpin of the Colts success as is the case for most teams and their quarterbacks. Teams with good quarterbacks go to the playoffs. Teams with bad quarterbacks (Henne, Weeden, Ponder) draft in the top 10. And teams with mediocre signal callers (Cutler, Romo, Bradford) tend to overpay as they he ascends into the upper echelon.
The regular season in the NFL is dominated by quarterbacks, and the Colts are very fortunate to be approaching an almost unprecedented run of greatness under center. There was one season without Peyton Manning where the train came off the rails, but that was well worth it as it brought Andrew Luck to Indianapolis to pick up the baton dropped when Manning had a series of neck surgeries.
Coming off back-to-back 11-5 seasons, the Colts stand poised to take another step toward hoisting a second Vince Lombardi Trophy in less than a decade.