The 2017 Indianapolis Colts schedule has been finalized, and now we can start taking a look at what to expect as the season progresses. There are some fascinating games in here and several opportunities to get a win. Here’s a gut reaction to the schedule and an early prediction of what might happen this year. (Click here for the full schedule)
* Weeks 1-3 (at Rams, vs. Cardinals, vs. Browns)
We’re bullish on the Colts’ chances to get off to a strong start. We like the fact the trip to L.A. is the opener rather than being sandwiched somewhere in the middle of the schedule. The Rams were one of the NFL’s worst teams by the end of the season, and they won’t catch the Colts off guard here. The home game against Arizona is the toughest in the early going and will be the early litmus test for where things stand for the Colts defense. They’ll have to step up in this game, but we’ll pick the Colts to come out on top in a close one. Then comes one of the more favorable games of the year as the lowly Browns come to town and won’t have enough to upset the Colts at home.
Grouping prediction: 3-0
* Weeks 4-6 (at Seahawks, vs. 49ers, at Titans)
That 3-0 start will be big because now things start to get tough. The Sunday night game at Seattle might be the most difficult of the year. The Colts have owned the Titans in recent years, but they’re on the rise and will be at home on a Monday night. If ever there was a time for the Titans to snap out of their now 11-game losing streak against the Colts, it’ll be …
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