Finally, football is back and the Colts start off at home hosting the great defensive unit and the sub-par offense of the Cincinnati Bengals. Without any more hesitation, let’s get into some of the biggest things to watch this first football Sunday of the 2018 NFL season!
The return of captain Luck to the NFL regular season has been arguably the most hyped return this season. The Colts host the Bengals in what is expected to be a close game, so we need to watch how close an Andrew Luck led team allows the Bengals to get. We need to see that the defense can hold strong against a sub-par Bengal offense and we need to see that the Colts offense can triumph over a top Bengal defense. A couple main struggle spots to watch would be running back and right tackle for offense and linebacker and cornerback for the defensive unit as we just have no clue as to what to exert out of this revamped Colts team.
Going into depth more with the offensive line, left tackle Anthony Castanzo will make his return to the team after a mild hamstring injury. Right guard will be filled in by veteran Matt Slauson the former Charger who will be a key piece come Sunday. Right tackle will either be filled in by Joe Haeg who performed extremely well last season or Denzel Good who was out for most of the 2017 season. Whoever fills in at right tackle that will be the person to watch on the offensive line as far as if they will start the next week.
Oh, baby, last but not least before Colts football is back for all of us, the running back situation. Rookie Jordan Wilkins is the reported starter if Marlon Mack does not play but with veteran Christine Michael and rookie Nyheim Hines still available for different packages we have no clue. All three of them need to have great games in order to even think about getting in more than 4-5 reps after Marlon Mack returns. This week is a key week for them to show that can perform well especially against a great front seven from the Bengals.