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Could The Colts Be A Sleeper Team To Win The AFC?

The Indianapolis Colts are looking to make noise in their second season with Anthony Richardson behind center, but are they ready to take the next step in a loaded AFC? Here's how the Colts could be a sleeper team to win the conference.

Healthy Veterans And New Additions Could Equal A Breakout Year For The Colts

Last season, the Indianapolis Colts were marred with injuries to several key characters. Running back Jonathan Taylor started the season with an ankle issue, and just as he returned to the team and started to get going, rookie quarterback Anthony Richardson suffered a season-ending shoulder injury. While backup Gardner Menshew performed admirably for the remainder of the season, The Colts missed a playoff berth.

This season, Richardson will return under center and hopes to prove he's one of the most dynamic quarterbacks in football. Although the Florida alum only started five games in his rookie season, he showed flashes of big play ability, including accurate passing and a gift for using his legs to pick up yards or touchdowns. If he stays healthy and continues in the direction he was trending last season, he could potentially be an MVP candidate.

The Colts Will Look To A Healthy Richardson To Lead A Young Team

Of course, the weapons that surround Richardson will play a significant role in his success. Already stacked with talent, including running back Johnathan Taylor, wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr., and second-year sensation Josh Downs, the offense added second-round draft pick Adonai Mitchell. Coming into the season with a massive chip on his shoulder, Mitchell looks to have a successful rookie campaign.

On the defensive side of the ball, in addition to resigning several key players, The Colts drafted a top defensive prospect, edge rusher Laiatu Latu. Joining a line that already consists of DeForest Buckner and Grover Stewart, The Colts could be a nightmare for opposing quarterbacks.

Seemingly built to play with the lead, much like the Peyton Manning-led Colts from years ago, the sports media primarily underrated or ignored this team. However, under second-year head coach Shane Steichen, it is in a position for a huge season. If Richardson is healthy and the defense plays as advertised, look for the Indianapolis Colts to make a run for the AFC title.

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