On Tuesday, Jim Irsay owner of the Colts, told the media that now his team is closer to winning the Super Bowl than it was in 2014 at this time. Many fans were delighted with what the coach had to say, and sportsbook software services would like to see just how far his team will make it.
“I definitely feel that,” said Irsay. “The expectation is again that we haven’t played our best game, and that we have to play it [Sunday at Denver] … I like the fact that we’ve already won a playoff game and we’re on a roll. [Former Colts coach] Tony Dungy always said that the first one’s the hardest to get. Coming out of the [Cincinnati] game healthy with the confidence of a 16-point win, that goes a long way.”
Last weekend, Indianapolis defeated Cincinnati 26-10, and in Denver they’re now set to take on the Broncos when they play their divisional round game. The Colts must look for a way to deal with QB Peyton Manning and Denver’s offense, which this season ended in second place in scoring. The QB spent his career’s first 14 years playing with Indianapolis where he was able to help the team make it to the playoffs in 11 occasions. He played two times in a Super Bowl and won one of them, and in 2012, the Colts released him.
Manning, who suffered an injury to the neck which saw him miss the season of 2011, wasn’t slowing down, as Denver made it to the playoffs for a third season in a row with him at QB. Last season, the Broncos were beaten in the Super Bowl by the Seahawks.
“Peyton is still playing at such a high level,” said Irsay. “I thought that he would. It was, again, great that he was able to go to a team and get surrounded with great players like they’ve surrounded him with.”
For the Colts, moving on from playing with Manning happened without any problems. QB Andrew Luck, who they acquired in 2012, was able to lead the team to three seasons of 11 wins each, as well as straight unbeaten seasons played in the AFC South. Sportsbooks software services saw that the player was able to lead the league in TD passes with 40 and in passing yards he had a third placed ranking this season, recording 4,761.
“To me, it’s been tremendous that my vision at the time was it would work out this way, that Peyton would be able to go somewhere, continue his greatness, continue his career,” said Irsay. “We would be able to go forward with Andrew. Again, having the type of success we’ve had so soon I think was a surprise to me.
“To be in the playoffs three straight years, win 33 games over three years, to have already won two playoff games, that’s something that you don’t take for granted. This is really exciting, obviously, to have this context, but again, both teams want to advance. Our goal is to win the game.”
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