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Colts 2017 Schedule Revealed, Key Takeaways, Prediction

INDIANAPOLIS – The NFL revealed the 2017 NFL schedule on Thursday night, as the release has turned into a spectacle. With that being said, we now know the dates/times for the 2017 Indianapolis Colts’ opponents.

Indianapolis, opens up regular season play on the road at the Los Angeles Rams on Sept. 10 at 4:05 p.m. ET on CBS. The home opener is Week 2 at home against the Arizona Cardinals. The game in Lucas Oil Stadium will welcome former coach Bruce Arians who returns to Indy for the first time since 2012. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. ET. 

The Colts play three primetime games this season, two of which occur on the road.

The first is a Sunday Night Game at Seattle on Oct. 1 at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC. The next is a Monday Night contest at division rival Tennessee on Oct. 16 at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN. The final is a Thursday night home game on Dec. 14 against Denver.

Takeaways:

Early NFC West Games:

Indianapolis plays the NFC West this season, and they will play all four games in the first five weeks of the year. Their first two games are against NFC West opponents (at Rams, vs. Arizona).

Can Colts Get Out to a Better Start?

Can Indianapolis avoid another 0-2 start? They’ve started 0-2 for three straight years. Their Week 1 opponent, the LA Rams, we’re 4-12 last year. But, the Colts are just 1-5 in the opening week under Chuck Pagano.

Then, the Colts host Arizona who their head coach in Bruce Arians knows this system well. He thrashed the Colts 40-11 in Arizona in Week 12 of the 2013 season. With the Cardinals coming off of a disappointing season last year, this won’t be an easy game.

Week 3, well it’s at home against the Cleveland Browns.

Late Bye Week:

The Colts play the first 10 weeks of the season before getting to rest in Week 11 for their bye. The game before the bye though is against the Pittsburgh Steelers. They play an even three home games and three road games after the bye week.

Tough Defenses In Final Month:

One thing that’s been an Achilles Heel to Chuck Pagano is how he doesn’t prepare his team very well against teams with good defenses. Well, he’s going to have some bad dreams in December. The Colts play at Buffalo, home to Denver, at Baltimore and home to Houston to close out the regular season. If turnovers still plague this year’s team, they could easily go 0-4 in those contest.

Prediction:

Overall, the Colts have the NFL’s easiest schedule based off of last year’s records, but I don’t think Indianapolis will capitalize on that. The Colts have brought in some good pieces so far this offseason, but I think the coaching staff still holds this team back.

I think the Colts start 0-2 for the fourth straight year and finish 6-10.

2017 Schedule:

Sept. 10 at LA Rams 4:05 pm ET CBS

Sept. 17 Arizona 1:00 pm ET FOX

Sept. 24 Cleveland 1:00 pm ET CBS

Oct. 1 at Seattle 8:30 pm ET NBC

Oct. 8 San Francisco 1 pm ET FOX

Oct. 16 at Tennessee 8:30 pm ET ESPN

Oct. 22 Jacksonville 1 pm ET CBS

Oct. 29 at Cincinnati 1 pm ET CBS

Nov. 5 at Houston 1 pm ET CBS

Nov. 12 Pittsburgh 1 pm ET CBS

No. 19 Bye

Nov. 26 Tennessee 1 pm ET CBS

Dec. 3 at Jacksonville 1 pm ET CBS

Dec. 10 at Buffalo 1 pm ET CBS

Dec. 14 Denver 8:25 pm ET NFL Network, NBC

Dec. 23 at Baltimore 4:30 pm ET CBS

Dec. 31 Houston 1 pm ET CBS

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