The NFL Draft is over, and it is time to talk about something other than the draft.
The NFL Schedule was released on April 23rd and now that the free agency is pretty much over, and Radio City Music Hall can go back to their normal routine, it is now time to talk about the regular season.
As I previously mentioned in my bold prediction article, I stated that Andrew Luck was going to fall short of his current average of 11 wins. I wrote that piece before the schedule was released, and now that the schedule is out, I can now say confidently that Indianapolis will be finishing 8-8.
Let me explain why, week by week.
Week 1 – at Denver
Indianapolis has seen plenty of game film on Peyton Manning, at least I hope so. The Broncos parted ways with Eric Decker, Champ Bailey, Knowshon Moreno, and other players. The problem any team faces when facing Denver is that their defense faces arguably the greatest quarterback in history. You can watch game film 24/7 and somehow Manning will still have watched and studied more. The man is 38 years old, sure he may not throw with the same power as he did while with the Colts, but when you know the other teams play calls just by looking at them, he doesn’t really need to. The Broncos have a solid defense that can slow down Andrew Luck and the rest of the offense, the Colts, however, do not have a strong enough secondary to keep Manning in check during the Broncos’ primetime home opener.
Week 2 – vs Philadelphia
This game is going to be a must see game! Two high powered, quick pace offenses going against questionable defenses on an inside turf, players will be flying down the field. This is going to be the home opener for the Indianapolis Colts and Lucas Oil Stadium is going to be packed with fans in blue and white. Both teams have young and extremely talented quarterbacks throwing to fast receivers with good hands. Unfortunately for the Colts, Philadelphia has more play makers on both sides of the ball and Chip Kelly’s offense will overwhelm Indianapolis, thus preventing the Colts from a perfect season at home.
Week 3 – at Jacksonville
I am not here to talk up every team the Indianapolis Colts will be facing, despite my two previous predictions. The Jacksonville Jaguars were terrible last season; they then followed a train wreck of a season with several off the field issues. They a are going to be a young, inexperienced, under-talented team and that problem is not going to be solved by week three. Indianapolis will possibly be coming off of two straight losses and will be playing a strong sense of urgency. The Jaguars’ defense is not going to stand a chance against a good offense, and even though questions surround the strength of the Colts’ defense, Jacksonville will not have what it takes to mount much of an attack. This game will help improve the stat line of the Indianapolis rushing offense.
Week 4 – vs Tennessee
Quick question, what has been the biggest threat over the past couple seasons?
That’s right, Chris Johnson, but something great happened for the Colts during this past off-season. Tennessee and Johnson went their separate ways, making Jake Locker their biggest threat. Now before you laugh, remember that Locker had a great second-half of the season and even looked like he might have a bright future with the franchise. However, Locker will not have Johnson to hand-off to and Indianapolis should be hyped up coming of a big win over one of their other division rivals. Not only will the Colts be coming into this game fresh off a win, but they will be looking to get their first home win and restore hope in the team’s season.