If you’re like me, you are always looking forward to the next season. Championship Sunday? Psh, who cares? I am not watching – I’m mock drafting and preparing for the 2019 NFL season, including scouting the Indianapolis Colts‘ opponents next season. I probably won’t even sleep.
It’s fun to see who and where the Colts will play as they continue building their team for the future. Without further ado, here are the poor souls who get to taste defeat at the hands of Andrew Luck and Frank Reich next season:
Kansas City Chiefs
Los Angeles Chargers
New Orleans Saints
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Okay, let’s focus on the good. The Indianapolis Colts’ home schedule figures to be the easiest home schedule in all of football. After a few looks, I will be sorely disappointed if the Colts do not finish undefeated at home. A few things I noticed with the home schedule:
- I am very glad the Broncos game is in Indianapolis. Winning at Mile High in Denver is not easy.
- The Dolphins come to Lucas Oil Stadium for the second year in a row. I feel like the Colts have not played in Miami in forever.
- Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers is probably the most intriguing match up at home. These two teams certainly do not meet a lot, and I can’t wait to see Cam Newton vs Andrew Luck.
Now, here comes the worrying part. This road schedule is absolutely brutal. Four out of the eight road opponents were playoff teams in 2018. Two of them were the number one seeds in the playoffs. This road schedule absolutely has to be the most difficult in the league. My goodness, I will be ecstatic if they can win half of those games. Here are some things I noticed with the away schedule:
Dome sweet dome: The Colts have a date in New Orleans with the Saints at the Superdome. The two teams have only met twice since Super Bowl XLIV, where the Saints defeated the Colts. The Colts played at the Superdome in 2011 (the Manning injury year) where they were obliterated 62-7. I figure next year’s game will be a tad closer.
The road opponents combined 2018 record was 76-51-1 (.598)
Obviously, we don’t know when each game will be played, but I have a good feeling a few of the Colts’ games will be prime time games.