Colts set up for better start than last year
In 2018, the Colts had one of the worst starts imaginable. They were able to overcome it, but 2019 shouldn’t be as daunting.
Starting a season 1-5 is never ideal. That’s what the Colts did last season, and it looked like they were destined for another high draft pick. Luckily, they were able to rally and overcome that slow start to make the playoffs and even win a playoff game.
This season, the start shouldn’t be as bad. The schedule sets up for the Colts to start either 3-2 or 2-3 before their bye week in week 6. Even if they do start 2-3, they have a pretty easy middle part of the schedule that they can use to get back on track for their playoff hunt.
The other thing that should help them is their experience from last year. They know how hard it was to fight all the way back from that bad start to reach the playoffs. They don’t want to put themselves in the same hole again. Frank Reich will have his team ready.
Continuity will also help. Most of the same team from last year is back. The Colts only lose one starter from last year’s team, and that was receiver Ryan Grant who did next to nothing all year. They have kept a good core group together and added a couple of pieces around that.
A full, healthy offseason for Andrew Luck should also allow them to come out of the gates faster. He hasn’t had to do any rehab or anything like that. He has just been able to enjoy a full offseason of getting better and working on his game. Luck will also be able to participate in OTA’s this year.
All of these things should add up to a better start for the Colts. That better start should end up in a better record, and a better seed once the playoffs roll around.