10 NFL Teams (and Two Sad Sagas) to Watch in 2012

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Indianapolis Colts
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2. Indianapolis Colts

Even when it was announced last year that quarterback Peyton Manning was out indefinitely after two neck surgeries (he wound up not playing the entire 2011 season), Indianapolis Colts fans couldn't have predicted how awful their team would be. By late December, the Colts had yet to win a single game (they finished 2-14) - just two years removed from an appearance in Super Bowl XLIV. Subsequently, the Colts were awarded the number one draft pick, with which they promptly selected highly regarded Stanford QB Andrew Luck, signaling Manning's exit from the team he singlehandedly turned into a perennial contender. Will young Andrew make Colts fans forget about Peyton? Will Luck prevent the team's higher-ups from looking like fools for letting go of one of the greatest modern-day QBs? With any luck, Luck will get lucky.

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