The Cincinnati Bengals played in the Super Bowl and the Indianapolis Colts missed the playoffs, however, Bleacher Report sees a connection.
The Indianapolis Colts are entering this upcoming season with big goals. Indy is one of the most talented teams in the league and has worked all offseason to add more talent. Indy’s goal for the coming season is to win a Super Bowl.
That’s something the Cincinnati Bengals almost did last season. Cincinnati ultimately lost the big game to the Los Angeles Rams, but they were a young team that did what no one thought was possible.
Before last season, there was probably a handful of people that were bold enough to give the Bengals a chance to be in the Super Bowl. At best, Cincy was a sleeper team.
That’s the connection Bleacher Report sees between this year’s Colts team and last season’s Bengals squad. Sleeper teams that will ultimately have the chance to compete for a Super Bowl.
Bleacher Report ranks Colts as No. 2 sleeper team
In a recent article by Alex Ballentine, Ballentine looks at teams that could be this year’s version of the Bengals. That’s a team starting the season with low Super Bowl odds (outside the top 10), but can overcome and make a deep run.
According to WynnBet, the Colts currently have +2250 odds, giving them the 13th-best in the NFL. That’s low enough for Ballentine to list Indianapolis as the No. 2 sleeper team, trailing only the Baltimore Ravens.
According to the odds, Indy can be considered a sleeper but there are probably a lot of people expecting good things from them this coming season.
Although the Colts didn’t make the postseason last year, they had a stretch where they looked like the most dominant team in the NFL. They obviously collapsed down the stretch, but Indy has added several pieces that should make a difference.
Entering the year, Indy will be favored to win the AFC South and they have the ingredients to be successful in playoff football. There may be a few more talented teams expected to win the Super Bowl over Indy, but the Colts shouldn’t be considered sleepers.