The 2006 NFL Champions were very disappointed with their early exit from last year’s playoffs after losing in the AFC Semi Finals to the San Diego Chargers. With a roster full of big names returning, the Colts will again be a contender in the AFC, trying to get back to their championship status, but will have their hands full going through both the Patriots and Chargers.
Season schedule and preview listed below! Home games are in CAPS.
Week 1 – 9/7 CHICAGO BEARS 8:15 PM NBC – Sunday night football to start the season at home. A rematch of the Super Bowl from two years ago, the Colts dominate in front of their home crowd to begin the year.
Week 2 – 9/14 @ Minnesota Vikings 1:00 PM CBS – The Vikings continue to struggle at everything they do and the Colts are good enough to capitalize on any mistake on either end of the field, another laugher for the Colts.
Week 3 – 9/21 JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS 4:15 PM CBS – Jacksonville will put much more pressure on Peyton Manning in the pocket then he has seen in weeks 1 or 2, however he’ll adjust with more slant routs to his tight ends, which will help the running game. Jags hang for the first half but can’t keep up with the run.
Week 4 – 9/28 BYE – And on the 4th week, they rested.
Week 5 – 10/5 @ Houston Texans 1:00 PM CBS – If Peyton decides to throw the ball more then 30 times, this could be one of the most lopsided games of the NFL season. The Texans secondary could be the worst in the NFL, and if they Colts just look deep, they will score… whenever they want to.
Week 6 – 10/12 BALTIMORE RAVENS 1:00 PM CBS – This game has the potential to be like a great chess match, each team using their own weapons to strategically go for the win. The Colts will look to capitalize using the run, while the Ravens will look for their run defense to generate turnovers. A defensive powerhouse vs. an offensive giant is always a fun game.
Week 7 – 10/19 @ Green Bay Packers 4:15 PM CBS – Peyton Manning will journey to Green Bay for the first time and take on a quarter that is not Brett Farve. The Packers defend their home tundra well but on this afternoon we see yet another impressive performance by Mr. Manning and his core of receivers.
Week 8 – 10/27 @ Tennessee Titans 8:30 PM ESPN – Good old Monday night football, and it’s a good match up for fans. Watching Vince Young and Peyton dueling in front of a national audience is entertaining. However, broadcasters will be more concerned about the following weeks match up between the Pats and Colts. The Colts get caught up in that hype and let a less talented Titans team come away with the win on a late drive led by Mr. Young himself.
Week 9 – 11/2 NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 8:15 PM NBC – This game should be circled on every football fans calendar. It’s the battle of the big guns in the AFC, and a potential preview of the AFC Championship game.
Week 10 -11/9 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 4:15 PM CBS – Manning has faced two tough match ups in a row, and now has to go into Pittsburgh and face Big Ben and the stingy Steelers defense. The difference in this game comes down to special teams, and the Colts capitalize on great starting field position thanks to their kick off team for multiple scores.
Week 11 – 11/16 HOUSTON TEXANS 1:00 PM CBS – If the first game against these two teams wasn’t bad enough, the Colts welcome the Texans into Indy for another bashing, this time in front of the home crowd.
Week 12 – 11/23 @ San Diego Chargers 8:15 PM NBC – The playoff rematch that knocked the Colts out last season will be just as exciting this year. The Chargers will be relying on LT’s run game, and Joseph Addia of the Colts will see the ball a lot as well. The team that can convert in their red zone opportunities will win this game.
Week 13 – 11/30 @ Cleveland Browns 1:00 PM CBS – Marvin Harrison and Peyton Manning will enjoy another weak secondary and the combo will hook up for at least 10 passes and 2 TD’s for another Colts victory.
Week 14 – 12/7 CINCINNATI BENGALS 1:00 PM CBS – The Bengals were able to put up some high offensive numbers last season, their problem was that they also allowed a lot of points. The Colts have never had trouble scoring at home, and in a shootout take home another win in good old Indy.
Week 15 – 12/14 DETROIT LIONS 1:00 PM FOX – At this point in the season the Lions will still be in the playoff picture but need some help and a big key victory. Too bad that victory wont come against the Colts on this afternoon, too much offensive power always prevails.
Week 16 – 12/18 @ Jacksonville Jaguars 8:15 PM NFL Network – The Jags should be no match for the Colts, but with only 4 days rest from their last game, a good game plan could at least make this one close. When it comes down to it, the Colts have Peyton Manning and the Jags don’t. Advantage, Colts.
Week 17 – 12/28 TENNESSEE TITANS 1:00 PM CBS – The Colts will be looking for some revenge after the teams first meeting and in another great QB match up featuring Manning and Young the Colts close out their regular season with a victory in front of the home crowd securing the number two spot in the AFC for the playoffs.
The Colts will once again look to take down the mighty Patriots in order to get back to the Super Bowl and reclaim their status as NFL Champions.
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