The NFL has finally released the schedules for next season. The Indianapolis Colts 2014 Schedule features a number of interesting matchups.
The Colts face teams from the NFC East, AFC North, the New England Patriots, the Denver Broncos, and of course the rest of the AFC South. Indy will be featured in five primetime games this season as well.
Based on last seasons records, the Colts have the easiest schedule in the NFL. Opponents were a combined 110-146 (.430) in 2013. This is largely due to the AFC South as all four teams rank in the easiest schedules in the league.
The Colts open up the season with a Sunday night game at Denver on NBC. The following week, the Colts host the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football on ESPN.
Day Date Opponent Time Network
Thurs. Aug. 7 at New York Jets 7:00 PM
Sat. Aug. 16 NEW YORK GIANTS 7:00 PM CBS
Sat. Aug. 23 NEW ORLEANS 8:00 PM CBS
Thurs. Aug. 28 at Cincinnati 7:00 PM
The opening two weeks of the season will test the Colts upgraded defense as they face Peyton Manning and follow it up with a prolific Eagles attack.
The Colts will be on the road for two weeks just prior to a thankfully late Bye Week, but that road trip is followed up by three weeks at home.
Indy will finally host the New England Patriots after what seems like five years on the road against them. There isn’t really a brutal stretch on the Colts schedule either. They do finish with two road games, but there isn’t a section you can mark down back-to-back losses. There are, however, two stretches of three of four games being on the road.
One interesting note is that the Colts won’t face the Washington Redskins in prime time. This seems like a game that should at least be at 4PM as it pits Andrew Luck against Robert Griffin III, the top two picks in the 2012 draft. This game has high drama written all over it, but perhaps the moment has passed.
The Colts will win 10+ games this season and there is no reason to expect the Colts not to win the division once again.