Oddsmakers projecting rough season for new-look Colts

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Indianapolis Colts tight end Mo Alie-Cox (81) is celebrates with tight end Jelani Woods (80) after scoring on a four-yard touchdown pass during the second half of an NFL football game between the Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

The Indianapolis Colts were one of the most disappointing teams in the NFL and are bringing in a new coach in Shane Steichen, who previously was the offensive coordinator for the NFC champion Philadelphia Eagles.

Steichen is credited for much of the improvement of quarterback Jalen Hurts, who put up an MVP-type season last year while leading the Eagles to the Super Bowl.

The experience of developing a young quarterback should come in handy, as the Colts own a top-5 pick and well could be starting a first-year quarterback for much of next season.

With a new coach and a potential rookie quarterback, oddsmakers are not high on the Indianapolis Colts to have a great year.

In the AFC South, the Colts have +500 at FanDuel Sportsbook, better than only the Houston Texans (+850). The Jaguars are odds-on favorites to win the division at -150, while the Tennessee Titans are second at +340.

The Jaguars are expected to run away with this division, as they are tied as the second-biggest division favorite in the NFL (Chiefs, -150). Only the San Francisco 49ers (-170) are a bigger favorite in the NFC West.

The AFC South is often seen as the worst division in all of football. The Texans (+10000), Colts (+6000) and Titans (+5000) have the three worst odds to win the AFC. The defending Super Bowl champion Chiefs are the favorite at +350.

For the Colts, the 2023 season appears that it will be a tough one: Their win total is 6.5 at FanDuel, and even though that is slightly juiced to the over at -118, odds say it’ll be a losing season. Regardless of which of the talented quarterbacks from this draft end up with the Colts, it figures to be a tough year in Indianapolis.

While the team may not win a lot, there are still bets that could be made on this team. With that rookie quarterback, the Colts are going to lean on Jonathan Taylor at an extremely high level, and he could be a good value to win the rushing title when those odds are released.

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