By Julie Voigt // @JulieNoted_PFG
As we all know and love, fairy tales start off with a “Once Upon A Time” and end up “…and they lived happily ever after.” And there is no doubt in my mind that the Indianapolis Colts are quickly becoming the perfect Cinderella story of the season.
During the preseason, Colts were ranked #32. News that Colts quarterback Andrew Luck was back after a season ending shoulder injury, but was the team improving as well? Was Luck not going to be the same? Was Colts’ GM Chris Ballard making all the right moves?
Sure enough, the season did not start very well. The team was suddenly looking at a 1-5 start. Andrew Luck was just didn’t seem to have it together. Injuries started to pile up. Key players like wide receiver T.Y.Hilton, defensive tackle Denico Autry, defensive end Margus Hunt and safety Clayton Geathers.
But it seemed like a little bit of magic started to form after the New England Patriots game. The offensive line started getting stronger, and Andrew Luck was sackless in five consecutive games. A young rookie by the name of Quenton Nelson, the healthy veteran Anthony Castonzo and with addition of Mark Glowinski offensively, these Colts’ were now on the radar.
The defensive line was making magical plays ranking in top five for rushing yards allowed per play, and tackles for loss, and in sacks with the help of Autry and rookie linebacker Darius Leonard.
Several #Colts players receiver high PFF recognition this season. 8 starters finish top 15 in their respective position: Luck (3rd), Nelson (6th), Leonard (6th), Hilton (10th), Kelly (11th), Hooker (12th), Glowinski (12th), Doyle (15th). Strong foundation set for the future
— Jake Elrod (@JakeElrod44) January 1, 2019
The Colts finished with a 10-6 record winning their last 9 out of 10 and earned the #6 spot in the playoffs. This is not even where the fairy tale ends. And I am not sure that this is the beginning. Just like a Cinderella story, the Colts were the underdogs looking to get into the Grand Ball in hopes that the glass slipper known as the Lombardi Trophy will belong to them. And the Colts are hoping the clock does not strike midnight on them.
This team deserves a “happily ever after”. It’s the playoffs! Let’s make this the greatest fairy tale story of the year! Go Colts!!
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