At this time last year, the Indianapolis Colts prepared for the season-opener with far more questions than answers.
Packed with rookies and second- and third-year players, under the direction of a first-time head coach, would they be remotely competitive in Week 1? Pull a stunning upset? Or get blown out?
Not surprisingly, it was the latter. The Colts lost 41-21 at Chicago.
But this time, they head into the season-opener under dramatically different circumstances, with far loftier expectations.