Colts Odds to Make Playoffs Suggest Fast Start to Philip Rivers' Tenure in Indianapolis

Zach Brunner
Philip Rivers is expected to get out to a fast start with his new team.
Philip Rivers is expected to get out to a fast start with his new team. / David Eulitt/Getty Images

After the surprise retirement of Andrew Luck, the Indianapolis Colts' offense never looked truly comfortable and in control. To help fix this, the Colts brought in veteran Philip Rivers to lead this offense and make sure that quarterback play isn't the weak link in 2020.

Indianapolis Colts Playoff Odds

FanDuel Sportsbook believes that Rivers will get out to a positive start during his Colts tenure, having Indianapolis as -146 favorites to make the playoffs.

The NFL made this scenario a bit easier on Rivers for this season, passing a rule change that gives each conference another wild card team, meaning seven teams will now make the postseason from the AFC. This opens up more opportunity for the teams that get off to slow starts. For example, the 8-8 Pittsburgh Steelers would have made the playoffs last season, after starting the year 1-4.

The addition of Rivers gives the Colts offense something it did not last season — the ability and willingness to go downfield. Jacoby Brissett operated more like a game manager, making easy, short throws instead of stretching out the defense and making them respect the offense's explosiveness. With speedy wide receivers like T.Y. Hilton and Parris Campbell to throw to, Rivers will not be afraid to take deep shots, which should help open up running lanes and passes underneath to the tight ends and running backs.

The Colts should be improved this season, with the addition of Rivers alone. However, they still have money to spend and are not done adding playmakers. They're well deserving of being -146 favorites to be playing playoff football this season.

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