Colts Super Bowl Odds Paint Indianapolis as Contenders

Max Staley
Philip Rivers could have the Colts as Super Bowl contenders in 2020.
Philip Rivers could have the Colts as Super Bowl contenders in 2020. / Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

The Indianapolis Colts made a significant upgrade at quarterback this offseason, signing Philip Rivers to a one-year deal. The move has instantly had an impact on the team's odds to win Super Bowl LV.

Prior to the deal, Indianapolis was available at +3500 (Feb. 3), but with Rivers at the helm, the team has already moved to +2400. This puts them in a three-way tie with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Los Angeles Rams, for the 13th-best odds in the NFL.

That improvement makes a ton of sense. Even in a down year, Rivers still significantly out-played Jacoby Brissett. Brissett averaged 6.8 adjusted yards per attempt (AY/A) in 2019, which was tied for No. 20 among qualified passers.

Rivers, meanwhile, averaged 7.1 AY/A, and hasn't posted an AY/A as low as Brissett's since the 2012 season. In fact, he's averaged 7.7 AY/A over his last five combined seasons. With a healthier season from T.Y. Hilton, this passing offense has a real chance to make a legitimate leap in 2020.

Notably, the Colts also have the best Super Bowl odds in the AFC South, beating out the Tennessee Titans (+3000), Houston Texans (+4200) and Jacksonville Jaguars (+16000). They also have the best odds to make the playoffs in the division.

With Rivers at the helm, Indianapolis could be a legitimate Super Bowl contender next season.

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