Indianapolis Colts preview 2023: Over or under 6.5 wins? Chances to claim AFC South title?

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Indianapolis Colts quarterback Anthony Richardson throws during practice at NFL team's football training camp in Westfield, Ind., Wednesday, July 26, 2023. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

It’s NFL team preview time, and today we’re looking at the Indianapolis Colts. Each Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from July 25 through Sept. 8, we will take an in-depth look at each team in the NFL with a 7- to 10-minute video going through impactful additions and departures, last year’s rankings and strength of schedule in 2023.

Home Field Sports analyst Jim Derry will then make a prediction on the team’s record this season and where they will finish in their respective division, along with the over/under win total, as posted by Caesars Sportsbook.

These stories are a brief summary of the accompanied preview videos – powered by the Dattitude Podcast (which will review each division every Friday until the season begins). The schedule for when each team will run is listed below with a link to each story and video that already has run.

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

2022 record: 4-12-1, 3rd in AFC South; did not make playoffs.

2023 bye week: 11

Coach: Shane Steichen (1st season)

2023 Draft: 1 (4th overall), QB Anthony Richardson, Florida; 2 (44), CB Julius Brents, Kansas State; 3 (79), WR Josh Downs, North Carolina; 4 (106), T Blake Freeland, BYU; 4 (110), DT Adetomiwa Adebawore, Northwestern; 5 (141), CB Darius Rush, South Carolina; 5 (158), S Daniel Scott, California; 5 (162), TE Will Mallory, Miami; 5 (176), RB Evan Hull, Northwestern; 6 (211), DE Titus Leo, Wagner; 7 (221), CB Jaylon Jones, Texas A&M; 7 (236), T Jake Witt, Northern Michigan.

Free-agent signings: K Matt Gay (from LA Rams), 4 years, $22.5M; DE Samson Ebukam (from San Francisco), 3 years, $24M; DT Taven Bryan (from Cleveland), 1 year, $3.51M; QB Gardner Minshew (from Philadelphia), 1 year, $3.5M; WR Isaiah McKenzie (from Buffalo), 1 year, $1.23M; WR Breshad Perriman (from Tampa Bay), 1 year, $1.17M; DE Genard Avery (from Tampa Bay), 1 year, $1.08M; TE Pharaoh Brown (from Cleveland), 1 year, $1.08M; DE Al-Quadin Muhammad (from Chicago), no contract announced as of July 25.

Key moments in video: Is Anthony Richardson going to be the next Lamar Jackson, and can Jonathan Taylor return to form? (1:40) Will it be Richardson or Gardner Minshew to start the season at QB? (4:02) How much will Shane Steichen change up? (4:30); Easiest and toughest parts of schedule (5:30); Over/Under win totals, predictions and projected record and finish in division (7:59).

PREVIEW SCHEDULE / LINKS

AFC SOUTH

July 25: Houston Texans

July 26: Indianapolis Colts

July 27: Jacksonville Jaguars

July 28: Tennessee Titans

NFC WEST

Aug. 1: Arizona Cardinals

Aug. 2: Los Angeles Rams

Aug. 3: San Francisco 49ers

Aug. 4: Seattle Seahawks

AFC WEST

Aug. 8: Denver Broncos

Aug. 9: Kansas City Chiefs

Aug. 10: Las Vegas Raiders

Aug. 11: Los Angeles Chargers

NFC EAST

Aug. 15: Dallas Cowboys

Aug. 16: New York Giants

Aug. 17: Philadelphia Eagles

Aug. 18: Washington Commanders

AFC EAST

Aug. 22: Buffalo Bills

Aug. 23: Miami Dolphins

Aug. 24: New England Patriots

Aug. 25: New York Jets

NFC NORTH

Aug. 29: Chicago Bears

Aug. 29: Detroit Lions

Aug. 30: Green Bay Packers

Aug. 30: Minnesota Vikings

AFC NORTH

Aug. 31: Baltimore Ravens

Aug. 31: Cincinnati Bengals

Sept. 1: Cleveland Browns

Sept. 2: Pittsburgh Steelers

NFC SOUTH

Sept. 5: Atlanta Falcons

Sept. 6: Carolina Panthers

Sept. 7: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Sept. 8: New Orleans Saints

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