There aren’t many people with high expectations for the Indianapolis Colts entering the 2023 season. Why should there be? Indy only won four games last season, has a new head coach and a rookie quarterback, lost both starting corners, and is currently in a messy contract dispute with the team’s best offensive player. Those are some of the reasons why analysts believe the Colts will be back near the top of the draft next year.
However, not everyone thinks that. In fact, there’s a few analysts bold enough to argue that Indianapolis will actually be atop its division, the AFC South. Emory Hunt recently made the case for the Colts to win the division, saying that he’s “all-in on the Colts surprising folks and taking the AFC South.”
Colts predicted to win AFC South
Hunt explained his reasoning, saying that he’s extremely high on Anthony Richardson, and believes he will pair well with a happy and healthy Jonathan Taylor. Add in what Hunt calls an improved offense line, great weapons on the outside and an aggressive defense, and he believes Indy is an underrated unit that will shock the NFL.
While there certainly won’t be a ton of people willing to co-sign Hunt’s prediction, the masses will likely admit that the AFC South isn’t a strong division, so it wouldn’t be all that surprising if a team like the Colts found a way to win. However, Indy would have to prove Hunt right, and a few of the things he said are still big question marks.
Starting with Anthony Richardson. The young quarterback is extremely talented but how he’ll transition to the league is still a massive mystery. Jonathan Taylor’s health and future with the team is also a massive mystery. It feels like Hunt’s prediction hinges a lot on Taylor, so we’ll have to see how that plays out.
As far as everything else, the Colts certainly have several promising players, rookies and veterans, and it does feel like they’re being severely underrated. However, punching Indy’s ticket to the playoffs may be a bit rash as well. It’s best to wait and see what Indy’s actual roster will look like on opening day, and how everyone’s performing.