2. Take control of the division
This is the year for the Colts to regain control of the AFC South. Having not won the division since 2014, the team has had to bake their way into the playoffs through the wild card. This year’s needs to be the year that it changes. Last year, they finished 3-3 in the division, splitting every matchup in the process. That simply isn’t good enough.
The last time the Colts won the division, they finished 6-0 and swept every matchup in the AFC South. That year, they were one of only two teams to accomplish that, with the other being the Denver Broncos (who the Colts beat in the divisional round). The Colts need to win 5 games at a minimum in order to take control of the division.
5 of 6 seems like a tall order, especially given the strength of the Titans and (relative) strength of the Texans. In 2018, a 4-2 division record was barely enough to sneak into the playoffs with a wild card berth, and a 3-3 record last year kept them out. In order to win the division outright, they need to sweep two teams in the division and split with another.
The most likely scenario is sweeping the Jaguars and Texans. With the Jaguars in rebuilding mode, it’s the best chance for a sweep. The Colts outscored the Texans 47-43 in their two matchups, with both a one-score game. It’s entirely possible that both the Texans and Jaguars can be swept. It needs to happen if the division is to be regained in 2020.