It’s been three long years since the Indianapolis Colts last reached the postseason, with the franchise sputtering to a combined record of 13-20-1 (.419) in the interim.
A major reason why the Colts have slid so far from their heyday as Super Bowl contenders under coaches like Tony Dungy, Jim Caldwell and Frank Reich is the lack of production in the trenches, with Indy ranking 18th in Pro Football Focus’ offensive line rankings last season.
That lack of offensive line productivity is a key reason why the Colts finished 30th in the NFL in points scored, to go with 27th in yards gained, as the team’s offense couldn’t get it started all year long. Hopefully the team ramps up some offensve firepower for the new age of Kentucky sports betting.
To stack up where the Colts’ line ranks versus their NFL peers, BetKentucky.com utilized ProFootballReference.com to gather the total amount of sacks allowed by team. The team with the least sacks allowed were awarded 32 points, down to 1 point for team with most sacks allowed. We then gathered the approximate value of each offensive line unit (only 10 offensive line members with most games played) via ProFootballReference.com.
Once again, we awarded 32 points for the team with most approximate value to 1 point for least approximate value.
Once getting a total points for each team, we divided the Spotrac.com’s cap hit from 2022-23 season for the total 10 offensive line members over the total points for the two above categories. We were then given the amount of salary paid per points given to arrive at our NFL offensive line units ranked 1st to 32nd based on value.
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NFL’s Most Overvalued Offensive Lines
Colts’ Line Among NFL’s Most Overvalued Last Season
There’s an argument to be made that the Colts had the NFL’s worst offensive line a year ago, finishing in a tie with the Denver Broncos for the second-lowest point total (eight, ahead of the Rams’ six) despite a collective salary cap hit of more than $40.7 million.
All told, the Colts’ offensive line averaged $5,092,001 per point last season, which was the highest figure in the league, ahead of the Broncos’ sum of $5,048,608.
Indianapolis’ $40,746,011 cap hit for their offensive linemen was the third-highest total in the league a year ago, behind the New York Jets ($41,702,565) and Arizona Cardinals ($41,627,217) — giving further credence to how poorly the unit played on the field last year.
In total, the Colts’ offensive line finished ahead of the Broncos, Rams ($2,709,172), Titans ($2,559,275) and Jets ($2,316,809) as the NFL’s most overvalued offensive line collective during the 2022-23 regular season.
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