Colts’ Chances of Winning Super Bowl 55 – Odds, Analysis, and Prediction
The Jacoby Brissett chapter has been closed in Indianapolis. Philip Rivers arrives on a one-year deal worth $25 million in hopes that he can transform the Colts into legitimate Super Bowl contenders.
Considering how balanced this roster is on both sides of the ball, it’s not that far-fetched of an idea. On that note, I absolutely think the Colts could win Super Bowl 55.
Several things will have to fall in line, and it wouldn’t hurt to have a little luck on their side. No, not the “Luck” you are thinking of — he already left them. I’m talking about fortunate things happening to this organization by chance.
I’ll begin the debate by taking a look at the Colts’ Super Bowl 55 odds.
Colts’ Super Bowl Odds for 2021
- Bovada +2500
- BetNow +2800
- MyBookie +3000
Have you seen my post regarding the Titans’ Super Bowl odds?
One site has Tennessee listed at +2000, while another one of the leading NFL bookmakers installed the Titans at +6000. You won’t find those types of discrepancies associated with Indy, but +3000 seems like a fairly reasonable price.
Or is it?
Can the Colts win the Super Bowl in 2021?
I’ll evaluate both sides of the coin.
Why the Colts Can Win Super Bowl 55
What held the Colts back in 2019?
Spotty quarterback play and a lack of a consistent push from their defensive line. Plus they had the most inefficient kicker in the game on the heels of Adam Vinatieri completely falling off a cliff.
Let’s take a look at what Chris Ballard did to retool in all three phases.
Philip Rivers — a proven commodity who is motivated to win — takes over at QB. The Colts GM swapped his first-round pick to land DeForest Buckner, a guy who will immediately anchor the front seven and provide a big boost in the trenches. Finally, Indy cut ties with Vinatieri after it was clear the 47-year-old was no longer effective. They inked Chase McLaughlin and drafted Rodrigo Blankenship, the 2019 Lou Groza Award winner (nation’s top placekicker).
These moves alone were enough to push the Colts to the top of the AFC South odds, and the playmakers Indianapolis plucked early in the second round are what could push them over the edge.
Ballard knew he needed to surround Rivers with more weapons than just T.Y. Hilton and Marlon Mack, which is why drafting Michael Pittman Jr. and Jonathan Taylor made so much sense. Pittman Jr. is 6’4” and can run every route in the playbook, while Taylor’s production over his three seasons in Madison is nothing short of mesmerizing.
Why the Colts Won’t Win Super Bowl 55
I love what Chris Ballard has done with this roster to turn them into a Super Bowl 55 contender. However, if the whole idea of the Colts winning the Super Bowl in 2021 is hinging on Philip Rivers carrying them to the finish line, should we really be all that excited?
Philip will turn 39 before Indy plays their week 14 game in Vegas, and we can’t ignore his struggles last season with the Chargers. Only Jameis Winston and Baker Mayfield threw more interceptions, and Rivers sported his second-lowest quarterback rating in the last 12 years.
At this stage of Philip’s career, is it that realistic to expect him to beat a team led by Patrick Mahomes?
Accounting for Indianapolis’ middle-of-the-road defense, it’s highly, highly unlikely.
Once you factor in the Ravens’ Super Bowl 55 odds and all the great teams in the NFC, the Colts quickly get lost in the shuffle.
Will the Colts Win the 2021 Super Bowl?
If the Chiefs weren’t so darn electrifying, I might just go out on a limb and peg the Colts to win Super Bowl 55. The problem is a head-to-head duel between Philip Rivers and Patrick Mahomes doesn’t bode well for Indianapolis.
I can see Indy sneaking out of the AFC South and possibly hosting a playoff game in January, but touting the Colts in a Super Bowl 55 prediction is a whole other discussion.
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