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 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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The Great Unknown: 2012 Indianapolis Colts preview

The Indianapolis Colts have endured quite the eventful — and often turbulent — offseason in 2012.

The firings of Vice Chairman Bill Polian, GM Chris Polian and coach Jim Caldwell. The hires of GM Ryan Grigson and coach Chuck Pagano.

The release of quarterback Peyton Manning, the greatest and most iconic Indianapolis Colt of all time, and the subsequent cuts of long-time fan favorites Joseph Addai, Gary Brackett, Melvin Bullitt and Dallas Clark.

The selection of Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck — the franchise’s cornerstone for the future — with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

And on the not-so-bright side, the fan backlash at owner Jim Irsay and the club, particularly for parting with Manning and for announcing just weeks ago the Colts would black out home games that weren’t 100-percent sold out despite a new league rule that allows a minimum 85-percent attendance to air games.

After all this uber-whirlwind of change and drama surrounding the Colts, it’s finally, thankfully, time to play some football.

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Indianapolis Colts 2012 Fantasy Preview

Rebuilding seems to be the theme for the 2012 Indianapolis Colts and for good reason. This is a team that went an NFL-worst 2-14 and ranked near the bottom of the league in yards (30th) and points per game (tied 28th). For the disaster that was the 2011 season, it wasn’t all bad, considering the Colts were able to pick up Andrew Luck who officially brings an end of the Peyton Manning era in Indianapolis.

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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 Raise Many Questions in Blowing Lead against Kansas City

So much for the common perception that the Indianapolis Colts’ defense is built to play with a lead.

The Colts’ stop unit surrendered 21 unanswered points after the team’s offense established a 17-point lead, and Indy suffered a crushing 28-24 home loss Sunday to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Now 0-5 for the first time since 1997 after blowing what might have been their best chance to date at their first win of 2011, the Colts go forward with many questions — one of them being when that first victory will come. [Read more…]

Indianapolis Colts Suffer Ugly Loss to Houston Texans

Indianapolis Colts fans now have an idea of what life is like without Peyton Manning in a meaningful game.

And it’s not a pretty idea.

The Colts opened the 2011 NFL season in quite an ugly fasihon, falling 34-7 to the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. The Texans scored all of their 34 points in the first half.

One thing is for certain: this season will test the patience of the Colts’ fan base.

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Fantasy Football Studs, Duds & Sleepers: AFC South

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With the NFL lockout finally behind us, football fans can finally turn our attention from the courtrooms and onto the field, where it belongs. In the final edition of his preseason fantasy rankings, I rank the fantasy studs, duds and sleepers in the AFC South.

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Indianapolis Colts Sign Kerry Collins

I have been saying this whole preseason that quarterback Peyton Manning would be good to go for the Indianapolis Colts’ season opener Sept. 11 at Houston.

I now concede it’s possible he might not be.

The Colts on Wednesday signed veteran quarterback Kerry Collins, who was Colts Vice Chairman Bill Polian’s first draft choice as GM of the Carolina Panthers, as insurance if Manning is unable to start Week 1.

Collins, 38, most recently played for the Colts’ division rivals, the Tennessee Titans, and started all but one game for the team during its charmed 2008 season; the Titans went 13-3 that season and claimed home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs.

While Collins might be a better option than current Colts backups Curtis Painter and Dan Orlovsky, it’s still a major concern for a team that relies so heavily on Manning.

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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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Injury Guru: Be Wary of Colts Receiver Austin Collie in Fantasy Drafts

“I think I have kind of put that behind me,” Collie said. “I don’t like to dwell on it too much just because it can affect your play going across the middle and catching another ball…So I try to ignore any thought I do have of it.”

Those were the remarks made my Colts wide receiver Austin Collie in regard to the multiple concussions he suffered last season.

By Dan Trautman Injury Guru

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Indianapolis Colts 2011 NFL Draft Preview

If there’s one thing that can be expected when it comes to the Indianapolis Colts in the NFL Draft, it’s the unexpected.

Don’t believe what any mock draft says; chances are it won’t be right.

Why do the Colts annually defy seemingly conventional wisdom each April? It historically has worked, but is Indianapolis no longer executing its own strategy well enough?

By Drew Allen

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