Now I don't know if anyone reading this can tell, but the Indianapolis Colts are my pick to win the Superbowl this year, as they have been for the past 6 years (biased opinion). It's hard not to be a fan of a team who does everything I do on offense when I'm playing Madden, pass first and run if you have to, and have the nerve to be good at it. Alright no more fandemonium, let's get to the preview...
The Colts offense is built on precision and timing and is led by 4-time MVP Peyton Manning. Fantasy owners can count on Manning to throw for a minimum of 4000 yds and 25 tds, which means he should be a first rounder in any draft. I actually think he will be slightly better than his numbers of last year, 4500 yds and 33 tds, because the depth in the WR core is better.
Where I don't think upstart WR's Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie will do what they did last year, I do think the return of Anthony Gonzalez will keep the 2-4 slots in the rotation very lively on the field and give Manning a bevy of targets. Opposing defenses will be in trouble if they try to double WR #1 Reggie Wayne, who is coming off a good year himself with 100 rec and 10tds. Then there is TE Dallas Clark, who is another threat coming off the line, he also had a 100 catch season and 10tds. The passing game is the strength of the Indianapolis Colts, and as long as #18 is picking apart defenses, it's hard to bet against them.
The defense is a very solid group, who have a tandem in Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis who give Qb's fits on the rush. The key term for this group, however, is "Injury Free". Saftey Bob Sanders, who launches himself around the field with reckless abandon, is suspect number 1 in the injury department. If Sanders can stay on the field he has a Troy Polomalu and Ed Reed style of ball hawking. Which is great because he is always looking to make a play, but stinks because his plays will end up in injury. The system the Colts have in place allows for players like Melvin Bullitt to be effective when filling in, but we all know it's not the same. Good health vibes to the defense...
Count on the Indianapolis Colts to win their division and maybe even secure the top seed in the AFC. I do think they will make it to the Super Bowl again, I just hope Peyton doesn't throw one of those predictable interceptions. The one problem with execution and precision is when the miscommunication happens, then you've got some NO Saint returning it for a TD... I digress... Indianapolis Colts = Super Bowl Champs!!!