Fortunately for Indianapolis Colts fans, Andrew Luck is back. After missing the 2017 season with a shoulder injury, the superstar quarterback returned in 2018, and after a slow start, the Colts won nine of their final 10 regular season games, earning a Wild Card berth in the AFC playoffs. A 21-7 win at Houston followed before bowing out of the playoffs in 31-13 second-round loss at Kansas City.
Josh McDaniels reneging on his deal to join the Colts as head coach last offseason turned out to be a blessing in disguise, as Frank Reich did a fine job in his first season.
Luck looked like his old self, winning the Comeback Player of the Year award by throwing for over 4,500 yards and 39 touchdowns, giving plenty of hope that big things are ahead for Indy in 2019. Second-year rusher Marlon Mack provided a surprising jolt in the backfield, and now he’s joined by former Kansas City Chief Spencer Ware, who was signed a free agent deal with the Colts. Devin Funchess comes over from Carolina to join a wide receiving corps led by T.Y. Hilton.
Colts fans will be treated to an infusion of technology at Lucas Oil Stadium this season. The in-house video system is jumping from five cameras to 12, which will provide fans with more dimensions and better angles for instant replays. It’s part of an $8.5 million upgrade to the audio and video equipment in the stadium. It’s also receiving an overhauled Wi-Fi system.
The Colts play in the competitive AFC South, so they will have two games each with Houston, Tennessee, and Jacksonville. All three teams have reason to be optimistic for 2019. Non-division teams heading to Indy this year are Atlanta, Oakland, Denver, Miami, and Carolina. Road tests outside the AFC South will be at the Los Angeles Chargers, Kansas City (Sunday night game), Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, and New Orleans (Monday night game).