Indianapolis Colts’ Andrew Luck showing promise entering third game against Jacksonville Jaguars

Andrew Luck was billed as the most NFL-ready quarterback prospect since Peyton Manning — some even said John Elway.

It seems fitting, then, that the 23-year-old rookie was drafted first overall by the Indianapolis Colts, the franchise that drafted both Manning and Elway (the latter forced a trade from the franchise when it was in Baltimore) with the top pick.

While the expectations of Luck have been enormous, he has shown promise in his first two starts as the Colts’ quarterback. He’ll look to build on that promise at 1 p.m. today as the Colts (1-1) play host to their division rivals, the Jacksonville Jaguars (0-2) at Lucas Oil Stadium.

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Indianapolis Colts look for first win in home opener against Minnesota Vikings

The Indianapolis Colts weren’t so fortunate in the scheduling department for Week 1 of the 2012 NFL season, drawing a matchup against a strong Chicago Bears team at Soldier Field and losing 41-21.

The Colts (0-1) might fare better there this week.

Indianapolis, on the heels of a rough opening to the Andrew Luck era — the No. 1 pick in April’s draft turned the ball over four times in his first career start — will look to grab its first win of the season at 1 p.m. today in its home opener against the Minnesota Vikings.

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Indianapolis Colts open Andrew Luck era against Chicago Bears

Finally.

After such an incredibly turbulent offseason, perhaps the most turbulent one since infamously moving to Indianapolis in 1984, the Indianapolis Colts finally have a real football game to play today, the first one coached by Chuck Pagano and quarterbacked by Andrew Luck.

A new era. A fresh start.

We certainly won’t learn everything about this majorly overhauled roster after its contest with the Chicago Bears at 1 p.m. at Soldier Field. From what we saw during training camp and preseason action, though, can give us a good idea of what areas to watch specifically as the Colts truly enter a brave new post-Peyton Manning world.

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Spreading the Blame for the Indianapolis Colts’ 0-8 Start

The Indianapolis Colts are winless for half a season.

Sunday’s 27-10 loss at Tennessee dropped the Colts to 0-8, a record they’ve not seen since 1997, and the final score has left Indy outscored 89-17 over their last four halves of play.

Everyone figured the Colts would struggle without quarterback Peyton Manning, but who thought it would be THIS bad? One thing is for sure, though: There’s blame to go around on all sides.

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Indianapolis Colts Get Banged Up, Fall to 0-4

This one hurt. In more ways than one.

Not only did the Indianapolis Colts fall to 0-4 with their 24-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium, the team also incurred injuries to several difference-making players — one such injury among the ugliest the sport has seen.

The Colts were competitive, but they still have a long way to go in terms of closing the deal, especially if some of the injured players are out for any extended time.

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Indianapolis Colts — And Fans — Need to Prove Themselves Against Pittsburgh

After two bad losses to open the 2011 NFL season, the Indianapolis Colts are close to confirming everyone’s worst fears about the team without Peyton Manning.

Tonight’s prime-time matchup with the defending AFC champion Pittsburgh Steelers (1-1) at Lucas Oil Stadium can either establish one and for all that the Colts can’t contend without their four-time MVP starting quarterback, or it can be a proving ground for them to show that they can.

But the Colts aren’t the only ones who have something to prove at tonight’s game. Colts fans do, too.

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Indianapolis Colts Enter Great Unknown Against Houston Texans

Reality has set in for the Indianapolis Colts and their fans.

Peyton Manning will not be behind center after starting a total of 227 consecutive games for the franchise.

Sixteen-year veteran Kerry Collins will take the snaps for the Colts for the foreseeable future, starting with today’s season-opening bout against the Houston Texans in Reliant Stadium.

The Great Unknown.

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Indianapolis Colts-Washington Redskins Preseason Primer

The Indianapolis Colts will defend their home turf for the first time this season.

Well, sort of.

That’s really to say the team will get to see if the young players it’s counting on in 2011 are up to defending the home turf when the games matter as the Colts welcome the Washington Redskins to Lucas Oil Stadium in preseason action at 8 p.m.

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Indianapolis Colts Suit Up for Preseason, Looking at Houshmandzadeh?

Indianapolis Colts offensive lineman Joe Reitz said the team is tired of hitting each other and is ready to hit someone else.

The Colts will get that opportunity tonight at 8 p.m. EST when they face the St. Louis Rams in a preseason game at the Edward Jones Dome.

And, according to Stampede Blue’s updates on the matter, Indy might be on the verge of signing former Pro Bowl wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh.

What should one be looking for in tonight’s game, and what would the Housh addition mean?

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Indianapolis Colts Get Active, Sign Tommie Harris and Other Defenders

The Indianapolis Colts have taken pride in their organizational philosophy — build through the draft, re-sign your guys and stand pat during veteran free agency — often to the dismay of their fans.

Well, after the first two days of Colts training camp in Anderson, Ind., the franchise sent a message to those fans: Here you go.

Indy brought in three outside veteran defensive players — former All-Pro defensive tackle Tommie Harris and former top-10 draft picks, linebacker Ernie Sims and defensive end Jamaal Anderson — on one-year contracts.

My take? Low risks, potentially nice rewards. Oh yeah, and now those angry fans can finally hush.

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What a Turn of Events for Indianapolis Colts

The only post-NFL lockout hangup for the Indianapolis Colts seemed to be signing quarterback Peyton Manning to that record deal owner Jim Irsay promised him before the league shut down.

Now the 132-day work stoppage is over, and Manning’s new contract didn’t break any records on the whole — at his request.

Manning and the Colts agreed to terms Saturday on a five-year, $90 million deal that averages out the same as the contract of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. And Indy is already benefiting.

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Indianapolis Colts 2011 NFL Draft Recap and Analysis

A day after the Indianapolis Colts’ 2010 season came to an end with a first-round playoff loss to the New York Jets at Lucas Oil Stadium, I said the one bright side would be that the team would have its highest first-round draft pick since 2002 when it took Dwight Freeney 12th overall.

Turns out that unusual draft position worked out in the Colts’ favor.

Selecting 22nd, Indianapolis made Boston College offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo its top selection in the 2011 NFL Draft last Thursday. Castonzo, who figures to step in right away at the left tackle position, was the ideal pick for the Colts in that he was the best player on the board when the team went on the clock — Bill and Chris Polian actually couldn’t envision a scenario before the draft in which Castonzo would fall — and also filled arguably Indy’s biggest need.

By Drew Allen

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