Some exciting information was brought to me this week. First, it appears that football is back! That's right, the NFL season kicks off tonight with the Ravens at the Broncos pretending to be at the Ravens! And then on Sunday, we get our first full slate of Sunday games! The next bit of news that I learned was that I'm apparently a writer and I'm supposed to be covering the Indianapolis Colts... huh. On top of that, I apparently have a "preview" piece due today. The things you learn when you finally listen to one of the 829 messages on your phone, eh?
So, the Indianapolis Colts kick off their 2013 season THIS Sunday, when they take on the Oakland Raiders at Lucas Oil Stadium. And like me, they'll learn something about themselves. In 2012, they were the young team with no expectations. They savored that role and parlayed it into an 11-5 campaign. But many of those wins came at the expense of really bad teams, and in many instances, the Colts failed to capitalize on chances to put their opponents away. Now, as they open up 2013 with new faces - the roster will feature 9 new starters - and new expectations - most are picking them to make the playoffs, some to win the division, and one poor soul at MMQB.com picked them to make the Super Bowl - they will find out just how far they've come in a year, as they face a team they not only should beat, but should be able to beat handily.
While this is a Colts blog, we should point out that the Raiders will be finding out about themselves, too. Who is Terrelle Pryor? How many quarters will Darren McFadden last before suffering another injury? Is Matt Flynn a long-lost Hilton - he gets paid a lot of money to stand on the sidelines and do nothing.
We'll learn the answers to all these questions AND MORE, on NFL Kick-off weekend. Catch the excitement!