Projected record: 8–8
My concern is that Ryan Grigson’s roster inaction and poor draft moves have done so much damage to the Colts that they won’t be able to play out from under his shadow in 2017 even with Chris Ballard calling the shots. Adding Johnathan Hankins bolsters the defensive front, but that defense isn’t strong enough to last down the stretch. It will, however, be refreshing to see a healthy Andrew Luck under center.
Pivotal game: Week 8 at Bengals. The truly pivotal game is the one mentioned above against the Titans, but in the spirit of variety I picked another. The Colts will be coming off a win against Jacksonville, while the Bengals will have traveled to Pittsburgh the week before. Luck is 2–1 against the Bengals in his career with seven touchdowns and zero interceptions.