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The Indianapolis Colts, based in Indiana, is a professional American football team (gridiron) that plays in the AFC South division in the American Football Conference (AFC) of the National Football League (NFL). Their divisional rivals include the Houston Texans, the Jacksonville Jaguars, and the Tennessee Titans. Having played at multiple stadiums throughout their tenure – including two decades at the RCA Dome, they now play their home games at the Lucas Oil Stadium since 2008. Moreover, the Colts have been the host team for the NFL Scouting Combine since 1987.

The Colts have come a long way since their inception and, in many seasons, they have been a formidable force in the world of NFL football.  The Colts have a rich legacy as a professional football team that spans over several decades. Their journey began in 1953 when they were established in Baltimore, and they have been a member of the NFL ever since. The team was initially known as the Baltimore Colts but later moved to Indianapolis. The founder of the team, Carroll Rosenbloom, acquired the assets of the Dayton Triangles-Dallas Texans franchise, which was the NFL's last founding Ohio League member. 

After the AFL-NFL merger, the Colts were one of only three teams that joined the original AFL teams to form the new AFC Conference. As the Baltimore Colts, the team managed to advance to the playoffs 10 times. Moreover, they won three NFL Championship games – two consecutive wins in 1958 and 1959 and again in 1968. Also as a Baltimore team, they reached the Super Bowl twice, losing the first time to the New York Jets but winning against the Cowboys in Super Bowl V. 

In 1984, the Colts relocated to Indianapolis. Since then, they have reached the NFL playoffs 16 times, won the conference championships twice, and beat the Chicago Bears in the 2006 Super Bowl XLI. 

That Super Bowl, which was a highly anticipated event, was held on February 4th, 2006 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Peyton Manning led the Colts while the Bears were led by their legendary linebacker, Brian Urlacher. This Super Bowl victory for the Colts marked the first win for them after moving from Baltimore. It was also the first time that an African-American head coach, Tony Dungy, championed a Super Bowl team.

All About the Indianapolis Colts

The form of the Indianapolis Colts has been particularly good in the 2000s. 2019 was the year that, with a victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, gave them their 300th win as an Indianapolis team. However, although they started the season well, their final record was a disappointing 7-9 record.

The following year the team signed Philip Rivers from the Los Angeles Chargers - who led the Colts to an 11-5 record - and another playoff berth, before losing to the Buffalo Bills. The next season was pretty similar - and they struggled again to make an impact.

In recent times, the team has not quite been a major force to reckon with. Their most recent season is a case in point. They went just 4-12-1 en route to missing the playoffs. The season proved to be the swan song for Frank Reich and his tenure with the Colts. Furthermore, Matt Ryan's reputation as a stellar quarterback in the NFL took a major hit.

The Indianapolis Colts Player Personnel

  • Owner: Jim Irsay
  • CEO: Jim Irsay
  • Head Coach: Shane Steichen (formerly, Frank Reich)
  • General Manager (GM): Chris Ballard

It’s very hard for anyone to argue that the Indianapolis Colts greatest player in the history of the team is former team quarterback Peyton Manning, who played for the Colts between 1998 and 2011. Some even argue that he’s one of the best quarterbacks in the sport’s history. During his time with the Colts, he was a four-time MVP player, a 12-time pro bowler, a Super Bowl winner and the Colts’ all-time leader in passing touchdowns, wins, completions, and passing yards. There will, no doubt, be lots of memories and moments to discuss when talking about Manning, but the most memorable will no doubt be leading his team to the Lombardi Trophy. 

It was a tough time for the team when Manning was released – but he left with dignity. He may have missed the whole of the 2011 season but his parting gift was no.1 overall draft pick, Andrew Luck.

The Indianapolis Colts Main Rivalries

The Indianapolis Colts' main rivals in the NFL are:

The New England Patriots

One of the team’s newest rivalries is with the New England Patriots, which was originally fuelled by the quarterback comparison between Colts’ Peyton Manning and the Patriots’ Tom Brady. At the beginning of the series, it was all about the Patriots that took the lead, beating the Colts in six consecutive games – including the 2003 AFC Championship Game and AFC Divisional Game the next season. However, the Colts won the next three games – including the 2006 AFC Championship Game on their route to the Super Bowl XLI win. 

The rivalry has had highs and lows. However, it is ironic, considering the fact that the Patriots and Colts were divisional rivals between 1970 and 2001, but it only reached prominence after the Colts were moved out of their division in 2002, to the AFC South division. Up until the end of the 2022/23 season, these two teams have played each other 83 times, with the Patriots leading 53-30. This includes the postseason, where the Patriots have won four of the five games. They met most recently in November 2022, game that the Patriots won 26-3. 

Overall, the New England Patriots have been a dominant force in the NFL. Their record against the Indianapolis Colts does not reflect particular dominance as the Patriots own convincing records against a lot of franchise. That is certainly due to Tom Brady playing for the franchise for several years.

The New York Jets

One of the most famous upsets in NFL history is when the New York Jets beat the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl III. Then, after the 1970 merger, these two teams were placed together in the NFC East division. As such, they met twice every season between 1970 and 2002 until the Colts moved to the AFC South division. However, this saw the rivalry escalate as they met three times in the playoffs in the Colts’ first nine seasons. The Jets beat the Colts 41-0 in the 2002 Wild Card round but in 2009, the Colts beat the Jets in the AFC Championship Game. In 2010, the Jets won again – the last of Peyton Manning’s games. They beat the Colts again in 2012 – Andrew Luck’s debut season and then again in 2016. 

The Indianapolis Colts currently lead the all-time series 44-32-0. The teams are not scheduled to meet one another in the 2022/23 NFL regular season.

The Texan Houstons

Another rivalry, this time a divisional rivalry, is between the Colts and Texans. As members of the same division, they play each other twice every regular season. This rivalry is a very new rivalry, given that the Texans only joined the NFL for their first season as an expansion team in 2002. It started pretty muted, but it increased in intensity throughout the 2010s, although the Colts generally have out on top. They currently lead on head-to-heads with a 32-10-1 record. 

A one-sided rivalry, it's possible that the Texans see the Colts as bigger rivals than the Colts see them. Houston has yet to establish itself as an elite NFL team and they are one of a just four teams not to make any Super Bowl. The Colts won the first nine games  in this head-to-head series so there has been some parity since that time. During that same time, the Texans were young in the NFL and they had some serious growing pains. However, later on, the Texans started becoming bigger contenders in the division and thus the rivalry grew with both teams vying for the top spot in the division. 

Overall, up until the end of 2022/23, the two teams have met 43 times. They have played each other once in postseason, which was also won by the Colts in the 2018 Wild Card round.

Indianapolis Colts Facts

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Indianapolis Colts Nicknames

Although they haven't had any long term nicknames, when the team lost Peyton Manning in the 2011-12 season and managed just 2 wins, they were given the nickname 'The Dolts'.

Championships Wins:

In NFL history, the Indianapolis Colts have won the league Championship five times: three times pre AFL-NFL merger:

  • 1958
  • 1959
  • 1968

And they have won the Super Bowl championship twice.

  • 1970: Super Bowl V
  • 2006: Super Bowl XLI

NFL/NFC Conference Championships

In the Indianapolis Colts' history, they have won the Conference Championships seven times - four times as part of the NFL Western Conference.

  • 1958
  • 1959
  • 1964
  • 1968

The three times as part of the AFC division post-merger:

  •  1970
  • 2006
  • 2009

Division Championships

The Indianapolis Colts NFL team has won 16 Division championships - once whilst playing as a part of the NFL Coastal Division:

  •  1968

Six times as a part of the AFC East division:

  • 1970, 
  • 1975, 
  • 1976, 
  • 1977, 
  • 1987
  • 1999

The nine as a part of the AFC South division:

  • 2003
  • 2004
  • 2005
  • 2006
  • 2007
  • 2009
  • 2010
  • 2013
  • 2014

Playoff Berth Appearances

The Indianapolis Colts reached the NFL divisional playoffs 29 times:

1958, 1959, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1987, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2018 and  2020.

Indianapolis Colts Home Fields

Since they were first created, the Indianapolis Colts have had three home fields:

  • The Memorial Stadium  between 1953 and 1983
  • The RCA Dome between 1984 and 2007
  • The Lucas Oil Stadium from 2008 until present

Indianapolis Colts Pro Football Hall of Famers

Here are the players who have spent all or part of their football careers playing for the Indianapolis Colts and who have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Players

  • No. Player Position Dates Induction
  • 82 Raymond Berry WR 1955–1967 1973
  • 96 Richard Dent DE 1996 2011
  • 29 Eric Dickerson RB 1987–1991 1999
  • 70 Art Donovan DT 1953–1961 1968
  • 28 Marshall Faulk RB 1994–1998 2011
  • 88 Marvin Harrison WR 1996–2008 2016
  • 83 Ted Hendricks LB 1969–1973 1990
  • 32 Edgerrin James RB 1999–2005 2020
  • 88 John Mackey TE 1963–1971 1992
  • 89 Gino Marchetti DE 1953–1964, 1966 1972
  • 18 Peyton Manning QB 1998–2011 2021
  • 77 Jim Parker OL 1957–1967 1973
  • 24 Lenny Moore HB 1956–1967 1975
  • 19 Johnny Unitas QB 1956–1972 1979
  • 34 Joe Perry FB 1961–1962 1969

Coaches and Contributors

  • Name Position Dates Inducted
  • Weeb Ewbank Coach 1954–1962 1978
  • Mike McCormack Coach 1980–1981 1984
  • Don Shula Coach 1963–1969 1997
  • Bill Polian President/GM 1998–2011 2015
  • Tony Dungy Coach 2002–2008 2016

Indianapolis Colts Most Valuable Player Awards

In the history of the Super Bowl, the Indianapolis Colts have had one Super Bowl MVP player.

  • Season Player Position
  • 2006 Peyton Manning Starting Quarterback

Indianapolis Colts FAQs

What States Offer Legal Super Bowl Betting on the Colts?

There are now numerous states where betting on the Super Bowl is legal - but as this is changing a lot, always check your states' current laws and regulations. In legal states, more NFL sites than ever offer Super Bowl betting. Simply open up the Super Bowl menu, teams and choose the Indianapolis Colts.

If you are more interested in betting on games as they happen, it is also legal to bet on single games, not just teams performances but also single player playlist playoffs performances so you can bet on the performance of your favorite Colts player.

Many sites have also legalized fantasy football. You can open the draft fantasy menu games, then download draft fantasy filter and you can put together your dream team!

How Can I Choose a Bookmaker for Colts Betting?

The best bookies are not only regulated and legal but will also offer lots of features to make the players experience top class. They will offer all sorts of features - including futures and in-play bets, live streaming, audio gallery, promo offers, bonus codes - and 24-hour support.

Should I Bet on the Colts Winning Next Season's Super Bowl?

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