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3 Stats That Prove the Colts are Legitimate Super Bowl Contenders

Isaiah De Los Santos
Three stats that prove the Indianapolis Colts are legitimate Super Bowl contenders.
Three stats that prove the Indianapolis Colts are legitimate Super Bowl contenders. / Ethan Miller/Getty Images
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The Indianapolis Colts earned themselves a playoff spot in Week 17, and they're set to face the red-hot Buffalo Bills in the Wild Card round. Buffalo has opened as heavy favorites, but the Colts are in the postseason for a reason. They have a top-10 offense and defense, which makes them a threat against anyone they're up against.

Here are three stats that prove the Colts are legitimate Super Bowl contenders.

1. 22.6 Points Per Game Allowed

The Colts' defense has been stingy against opposing teams this year.
The Colts' defense has been stingy against opposing teams this year. / Justin Casterline/Getty Images

The Colts are allowing just 22.6 points per game this season. That mark is good enough for 10th-fewest in the NFL, but it has a much larger significance. The last five Super Bowl winners all had defenses that were in the top 10 for opponent PPG, with the Denver Broncos (4th), New England Patriots (1st), Philadelphia Eagles (4th), Patriots (7th) and Kansas City Chiefs (7th) each featuring suffocating defenses. That's an incredibly great sign for the Colts, who have been able to stymie opponents all season. Their defense will be a huge asset if they hope to slow down the Bills and advance to the divisional round.

2. 1,169 Rushing Yards for Jonathan Taylor

Rookie RB Jonathan Taylor comes into the playoffs on a ridiculous tear.
Rookie RB Jonathan Taylor comes into the playoffs on a ridiculous tear. / Bobby Ellis/Getty Images

Colts running back Jonathan Taylor has rushed for 1,169 yards this season, putting the rookie third in the entire league. Taylor hadn't even taken over as the clear lead back until Week 11, earning 741 of those yards over his last six games of the season, which just demonstrates how much of tear he's been on entering the playoffs. Utilizing Taylor to control time of possession will give the Colts a key advantage when facing AFC offenses that can do some serious damge through the air. The more time Indy spends with the ball, the less scoring chances other teams will have, and that's important in these tightly contested playoff matchups.

3. 17th Season

Philip Rivers is bound to make possibly his last playoff appearance one to remember.
Philip Rivers is bound to make possibly his last playoff appearance one to remember. / Bobby Ellis/Getty Images

Colts QB Philip Rivers is in his 17th NFL season, which is an incredible feat for any player, let alone a quarterback who has endured through the tough AFC his entire career. Rivers has the veteran experience that sets him apart from the younger QBs in the playoffs, with 11 playoff games under his belt and a conference championship appearance in 2007, making him someone you trust to not let the pressure of big moments get to him. The vet has openly contemplated retirement, and this could possibly be his last hurrah. Look for him to ride off into the sunset by doing anything he can to win.


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