The Colts schedule for 2013 came out this evening. This year, along with their divisional games, they will face the AFC West and NFC West, as well as battles against fellow second-place division finishers, Cincinnati and Miami. The Miami game will be a rematch of last year’s 23-20 Colts victory that saw Andrew Luck throw for a rookie record 433 yards along with two touchdowns, as Indy outscored the Dolphins 10-3 in the second half. (continued after the jump)
Indianapolis will face some interesting matchups, including former Colt quarterback and Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh’s 49ers on September 22. They will also face off against the Seahawks on October 6, for whom Colts backup QB Matt Hasselbeck is the franchise leading passer. That game will also feature a matchup of Luck versus Russell Wilson
Finally, the matchup against Peyton Manning and the Broncos won’t be in week one, as many fans had hoped (That’ll be the Raiders – an interesting game for DHB). They’ll face Denver at home for a Sunday Night Football game on October 20. Indianapolis fans, long known for their class and politeness, will undoubtedly give Manning a warm reception, but emotions will certainly be mixed for many in attendance and watching on TV.
It will be exciting to see how the new pieces fit and how the Colts can build upon their surprising success from last year. Now, we just have to wait another…three months and three weeks until the first preseason game.
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 2013 SCHEDULE
Sunday, August 11 BUFFALO BILLS 1:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 18 at New York Giants 7:00 p.m. (FOX)
Saturday, August 24 CLEVELAND BROWNS 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 29 at Cincinnati Bengals 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 8 OAKLAND RAIDERS 1:00 p.m. (CBS)
Sunday, September 15 MIAMI DOLPHINS 1:00 p.m. (CBS)
Sunday, September 22 at San Francisco 49ers 4:25 p.m. (CBS)
Sunday, September 29 at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00 p.m. (CBS)
Sunday, October 6 SEATTLE SEAHAWKS 1:00 p.m. (FOX)
Monday, October 14 at San Diego Chargers 8:40 p.m. (ESPN)
Sunday, October 20 DENVER BRONCOS 8:30 p.m. (NBC)
Sunday, October 27 Bye Week
Sunday, November 3 at Houston Texans 8:30 p.m. (NBC)
Sunday, November 10 ST. LOUIS RAMS 1:00 p.m. (FOX)
Thursday, November 14*at Tennessee Titans 8:25 p.m. (NFLN)
Sunday, November 24* at Arizona Cardinals 4:05 p.m. (CBS)
Sunday, December 1* TENNESSEE TITANS 1:00 p.m. (CBS)
Sunday, December 8* at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00 p.m. (CBS)
Sunday, December 15* HOUSTON TEXANS 1:00 p.m. (CBS)
Sunday, December 22* at Kansas City Chiefs 1:00 p.m. (CBS)
Sunday, December 29* JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS 1:00 p.m. (CBS)
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I'm excited for the season! I'll be going to my first Colts game (the Colts don't make it up to Vancouver much, and the wife doesn't want to go to Indy) on September 22 vs San Fran . I'm obviously hoping for an upset, but I'll be happy if I get to see Luck fling one or two TD passes.
My, 100% accurate prediction (+/- 30%):
Sunday, September 8 OAKLAND RAIDERS - W
Sunday, September 15 MIAMI DOLPHINS - W
Sunday, September 22 at San Francisco 49ers -L
Sunday, September 29 at Jacksonville Jaguars -W
Sunday, October 6 SEATTLE SEAHAWKS -L
Monday, October 14 at San Diego Chargers - W
Sunday, October 20 DENVER BRONCOS -L
Sunday, October 27 Bye Week (tie)
Sunday, November 3 at Houston Texans -L
Sunday, November 10 ST. LOUIS RAMS -W
Thursday, November 14*at Tennessee Titans -W
Sunday, November 24* at Arizona Cardinals -W
Sunday, December 1* TENNESSEE TITANS -W
Sunday, December 8* at Cincinnati Bengals - L
Sunday, December 15* HOUSTON TEXANS -W
Sunday, December 22* at Kansas City Chiefs -W
Sunday, December 29* JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS -L
For: 10-6 record, chance for the wildcard. If we play better than this, I’ll be very happy!
I think the 49rs will definitely beat us. But who knows, they may be in a slump?
The Seahawks are a very good team. It will be a close game but a loss.
Chargers is a toss up.
Broncos will beat us, which is fine THIS TIME.
We’ll lose to the Texans the first time, but win the second.
Rams, Titans, Cardinals should be a win.
Bengals I think will be a shocker and we’ll lose. They’ve come up a bit recently.
As I mentioned, the Texans will be beat the second time, we’ll easily beat the Chiefs I think.
Jags is a toss up. They seem to have our number.
I think we’ll lose that last regular season game of the season unfortunately.
We’ll be in on the Wildcard and march up pretty high in the playoffs.
You’re welcome! What do you guys think?
I'm pretty disappointed. Last year we had all 8 home games at 1 o'clock, this year we have 7. The Colts/Broncos will obviously be a blast, and will be the first home primetime game since the 2011 season.
Colts should have a good chance in 12 of these games I am thinking, I say we end up 11-5, that being us losing some we have a good chance at winning and winning atleast one that we probably shouldn't.
@hankster Hope you get to see a great game! I'm a spoiled season tix holder but only for the last 3 years. Had only caught a handful of games before that and they were always a blast.
@buymymonkey I don't see Jax beating us at home this year. We've improved (on paper) and they really have not IMO. But other than that I agree. Couple can go either way, but can't they all?
@buymymonkey I agree on most of that. I think the Chiefs could be a surprising challenge. They'll have a solid qb, and we all know what a difference it makes to go from awful to good (or in Indy's case, very very good) at quarterback.
@NelsOlson I agree on both counts. I wish we had more home prime time games. I think if someone had the time to look back, they'd notice a trend toward the Colts playing away games in prime time.
@NelsOlson I would bet that the week 15 Texans at Colts rematch game could end up being flexed to Sunday night at 8:30 on NBC if it would likely decide the division title . The game currently scheduled is the Bengals vs Steelers. I doubt that both the Bengals and Steelers are going to be in playoff contention that late in the season.
Yes, I know the week 9 game at Houston is already a NBC Sunday night game. I am just saying if the Colts week 9 game gets killer ratings and is very close, NBC will push for the rematch as well.
@DougEngland I also like that the bye week will be closer to the middle of the season this year. They can take advantage of it more fully.
@paulcareyjr It's fair to expect them to be more like .500 in close games, instead of 8-1, which is unsustainable. That being said, I also think they have that potential, to win another 10-12 games this year.
@MarcusDugan @NelsOlson Ten days before Christmas, do you really want to be broadcasting a night came in Pittsburgh with the wind coming off the Three Rivers? Especially when your last 7 games of the season are outdoors, likely cold weather, games. I am sure lots of NBC personnel would much rather be working in a Dome. If the Bengals Vs Steelers game is not going to decide a playoff birth, I think this game could get flexed. Luck would help bring in ratings in California, Houston is the size of Cincy and Pittsburgh combined.
@NelsOlson I hope so!