20 days until the Colts open their season against the Chicago Bears at the brand-new Lucas Oil Stadium. I have a weird feeling about the Colts this year. They will end up facing the Patriots in the AFC Championship game or they will be 7-9 and miss the playoffs.
Payton Manning, Marvin Harrison, Dwight Freeney and Bob Sanders have all missed or been out of training camp for a significant amount of time. Not to mention that linebackers Gary Brackett and Tyjuan Hagler and offensive linemen Ryan Diem, Ryan Lilja and Tony Ugoh have all been hurt as well. Maybe the Colts are being overly careful with their players during camp so that they will be ready for the season or maybe these guys are hurt and are going to be nagged by these injuries all year long.
The AFC South isn't getting any easier. The Jaguars will be good and the Texans and Titans are improving (though Vince Young has been terrible in the preseason). If injuries start chipping away at the stars and the rest of the AFC South gets their shit together, it could be a rough season.
In the end, I think they'll end up in the 10-6 area and make a strong run in the playoffs - maybe even the Super Bowl. Unless Manning can't play - then they win three games.