On Sunday, the Colt’s 2009 NFL regular season will get underway with a home date against division rival Jacksonville. The importance of getting off to a fast start can never be understated, but this year it may be down-right critical.
This franchise has prided itself on being able to get out of the gate fast and forcing everyone else in the division to play catch-up. It is a formula that has worked well, and all one has to do is look back to last year to see how difficult it is being the “chaser”. Even with winning their final nine games of last season, the Colts were unable to dig out of the hole they placed themselves in, by starting the season 3-4.
If the Colts are to show everyone that LAST year was an anomaly, it will be imperative they play good football during the first six weeks of the season. Following the home opener against the Jags, the Colts will hit the road in four of the next five weeks. When you consider that three of those four games – Miami, Arizona and Tennessee – will come against teams that won their division just a year ago, the task seems all that more daunting. All three of these road games will be broadcast in primetime, so the media will be ready to start ripping them apart should they falter.
There have been a lot of changes within this organization during the past nine months – it won’t take long to find out what the impact of those changes are going be.