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    It's a murder's row this upcoming season, this has to be one of the hardest line-up in the league:

    2008 Indianapolis Colts
    Home: Houston, Jacksonville, Tennessee, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Chicago, Detroit, New England
    Away: Houston, Jacksonville, Tennessee, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Green Bay, Minnesota, San Diego

    Heck, three of the final four in this year's playoffs are there, two of which are road games. That game at Lambeau is going to be crazy, plus that and Pitt and Cleveland make three potential cold weather games which would be fun to see the Colts play in. I fear playing Adrian Peterson and the Vikes' run-blocking offense, hopefully their pass defense doesn't improve too much by that game. Still, having a tough schedule is good imo. It prepares a team for the playoffs, the atmosphere and the pressure, for having to fight to win in the fourth quarter against tough opponents.

    I wonder when the schedule gets announced. Pats/Colts will probably be on MNF, it's their turn to have the game I would think. Indy @ Pit is a big game, that's ripe for primetime. The San Diego game too, of course. Maybe this year the Colts will host the Jags on primetime, that would be cool if they switched every year.
    Pugnacity, testosterone, truculence, and belligerence.

  • #2
    Originally posted by Geo View Post
    It's a murder's row this upcoming season, this has to be one of the hardest line-up in the league:

    2008 Indianapolis Colts
    Home: Houston, Jacksonville, Tennessee, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Chicago, Detroit, New England
    Away: Houston, Jacksonville, Tennessee, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Green Bay, Minnesota, San Diego

    Heck, three of the final four in this year's playoffs are there, two of which are road games. That game at Lambeau is going to be crazy, plus that and Pitt and Cleveland make three potential cold weather games which would be fun to see the Colts play in. I fear playing Adrian Peterson and the Vikes' run-blocking offense, hopefully their pass defense doesn't improve too much by that game. Still, having a tough schedule is good imo. It prepares a team for the playoffs, the atmosphere and the pressure, for having to fight to win in the fourth quarter against tough opponents.

    I wonder when the schedule gets announced. Pats/Colts will probably be on MNF, it's their turn to have the game I would think. Indy @ Pit is a big game, that's ripe for primetime. The San Diego game too, of course. Maybe this year the Colts will host the Jags on primetime, that would be cool if they switched every year.
    Wow! That is naste...lets just pray Dungy is back and we stay healthy.

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    • #3
      That may look like a murderers' row now, but we may be talking about this being one of the NFL's easiest schedules next year.


      The problem arises when people use statistics like a drunk uses a lamp post: for support instead of illumination.

      If luck is where preparation meets opportunity, then clutch is where failure meets luck.

      <Add1ct> setting myself on fire can't be that hard
      <Add1ct> but tackling a mosquito might prove a challenge

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      • #4
        Yes, every year there is a turnover. Still, this looks like a difficult schedule.

        The good news is that our division rivals face almost the same schedule, except for the Patriots and Chargers. (I know, I know, I'm a glass-half-full kind of guy :))

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        • #5
          As long as we don't play division winners back-to-back

          In 2006, we played the Broncos and Patriots back-to-back (we won both).

          In 2007, we played the Pats and Chargers back-to-back (we lost both).

          These kinds of games against elite teams back-to-back are the ones to watch, they can make you or break you in the schedule.

          The last time we played the NFC North, Peyton had his 49 TD year. Both the Packers and Vikings match up well against us, here are the reasons.

          The Cover 2 gives the cushion for the short pass and is so dependent on tackling, the Packers like to throw the short slants and depend on YAC. If we have a bad tackling day, the D will have a hard time getting off the field. If Brett Favre opts to go for the long ball which he is very much tempted to do, it will be a long day for him and his O, that is for sure with this Cover 2 D. It is hard to score 30 points against the Packers, so playing good D against Favre is the best way to win.

          The Vikings, Adrian Peterson and their O-line is going to give us fits and shorten the game. Run D has always been our Kryptonite. So, Peyton and the O better be prepared for excellent red zone conversion because the possessions will be few.

          I predict 1 loss to the Pats/Chargers combo, 1 loss to the AFC North, 1 loss to the NFC North, and 1 loss in the division. So, a best case scenario of 12-4 for the Colts, and a worst case scenario of 11-5 with 2 losses in the division.

          Most importantly, I want the Colts to play the last game of the regular season for some valid reason, whether it is playoff seeding or a division title. The bye week has not been the one that hurt us, it is taking games off. In fact, all Colts playoff victories have come as a #3 seed, go figure.

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          • #6
            I'd say the Packers match up decently, but the Vikings? They need a pass rush before they can match up with the Colts, unless AD explodes in that game, which, while possible, isn't nearly as likely as Peyton throwing for 3 TDs while facing little pressure.


            The problem arises when people use statistics like a drunk uses a lamp post: for support instead of illumination.

            If luck is where preparation meets opportunity, then clutch is where failure meets luck.

            <Add1ct> setting myself on fire can't be that hard
            <Add1ct> but tackling a mosquito might prove a challenge

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            • #7
              Commissioner Goodell announced the first Sunday Night Football (not counting the Thursday season opener) game of the season today:

              Chicago Bears @ Indianapolis Colts! Sunday night, Sept. 7th.

              Rematch of SB XLI and the unveiling of the Luke on primetime, good stuff. To be honest, I'm surprised the league scheduled a home game for the Colts, against an NFC team too, as the previous results have tended to be one-sided, but I can't complain.
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              • #8
                Will the Bears even be a competitive team by then? Seems like a huge mismatch early in the season to be shown as a national game.

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                • #9
                  The Bears defense will be healthy and fresh, maybe moreso then than at any time during the season. Look at what they did to the Chargers in Week 1 last season, and DT Dusty Dvoracek suffered a season-ending injury in that game.

                  But if the Colts can do a good job against their offense and create some turnovers, then they can wear down the Bears defense (likely accumulate FGs) like they did in SB XLI. Granted this game won't be a rainy mess like that was, which helps the experienced Colts offense.
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                  • #10
                    Just don't kick off to Devin Hester. You would then be showing off your new stadium and your old kick coverage skills, maybe?;)

                    I predict a similar score like our SB win 27-17.

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                    • #11
                      Preseason schedule
                      • versus Washington Redskins, Hall of Fame game, Sunday August 3rd 8PM [NBC]
                      • at Carolina Panthers, Week 1, August 7-11
                      • at Atlanta Falcons, Week 2, August 14-19
                      • versus Buffalo Bills, Week 3, Sunday August 24th 8PM [NFLN] (First Colts game at Lucas Oil Field!)
                      • versus Cincinnati Bengals, Week 4, August 28-29

                      A solid group of opponents, might have liked a 3-4 team in there but oh well.
                      Last edited by Geo; 04-17-2008, 11:32 PM.
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                      • #12
                        5 preseason games again? Interesting.


                        The problem arises when people use statistics like a drunk uses a lamp post: for support instead of illumination.

                        If luck is where preparation meets opportunity, then clutch is where failure meets luck.

                        <Add1ct> setting myself on fire can't be that hard
                        <Add1ct> but tackling a mosquito might prove a challenge

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Dam8610 View Post
                          5 preseason games again? Interesting.
                          Meh, doesn't really matter, just more time to evaluate the scrubs. Its not like we'll see much, if any, of the starters.

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                          • #14
                            I don't care if it's preseason or regular season, but I'm already getting pumped! The real schedule looks quite difficult but then again, we can still take it to those teams.

                            HURRY UP SEASON!
                            Is that a rash?



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                            • #15
                              Regular season schedule announced

                              Sunday, Sept. 7 Chicago Bears at Indianapolis Colts 8:15 p.m. NBC
                              Sunday, Sept. 14 Indianapolis Colts at Minnesota Vikings 1 p.m. CBS
                              Sunday, Sept. 21 Jacksonville Jaguars at Indianapolis Colts 4:15 p.m. CBS
                              Bye
                              Sunday, Oct. 5 Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans 1 p.m. CBS
                              Sunday, Oct. 12 Baltimore Ravens at Indianapolis Colts 1 p.m. CBS
                              Sunday, Oct. 19 Indianapolis Colts at Green Bay Packers 4:15 p.m. CBS
                              Monday, Oct. 27 Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans 8:30 p.m. ESPN
                              Sunday, Nov. 2 New England Patriots at Indianapolis Colts 8:15 p.m. NBC
                              Sunday, Nov. 9 Indianapolis Colts at Pittsburgh Steelers 4:15 p.m. CBS
                              Sunday, Nov. 16 Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts 1 p.m. CBS
                              Sunday, Nov. 23 Indianapolis Colts at San Diego Chargers 8:15 p.m. NBC
                              Sunday, Nov. 30 Indianapolis Colts at Cleveland Browns 1 p.m. CBS
                              Sunday, Dec. 7 Cincinnati Bengals at Indianapolis Colts 1 p.m. CBS
                              Sunday, Dec. 14 Detroit Lions at Indianapolis Colts 1 p.m. FOX
                              Thursday, Dec. 18 Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars 8:15 p.m. NFLN
                              Sunday, Dec. 28 Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts 1 p.m. CBS

                              November is a very tough stretch, thanks to sweeps and the desire for TV ratings by the networks ... but I think the schedule as a whole is manageable. I might have liked the Jags game and Lions game swtiched. Very interesting coincidence (?) of the Colts finishing with the Titans at home in Week 17 for two years straight.
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