3 Key Takeaways From the Colts’ 2022 Schedule

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The Indianapolis Colts logo at the 50-yard line on September 21, 2008 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.
(Photograph by Ronald Martinez/Getty Photographs)

 

The Indianapolis Colts launched their 2022 regular-season schedule final week.

The schedule reveals some fascinating and juicy storylines for the Horseshoe this season.

Let’s delve deeper into three key takeaways from the Colts’ 2022 schedule.

 

3. Indy Has An Alternative To Construct Early-Season Momentum

The Colts began and ended final season with a powerful thud.

Indy misplaced 4 of its first 5 video games earlier than crashing and burning at season’s finish to the Las Vegas Raiders and – of all groups – the 3-14 Jacksonville Jaguars.

Consequently, the Colts bowed out of postseason rivalry with a 9-8 win-loss file.

This time round, Indianapolis has the chance to begin the 2022 NFL marketing campaign on a excessive observe – the Colts face the Houston Texans in Week 1 and the Jaguars in Week 2.

If the Colts in some way lose each video games, they are going to head into Weeks 3 and 4 towards Patrick Mahomes‘ Kansas Metropolis Chiefs and their AFC South division rivals, the Tennessee Titans, with the opportunity of beginning the 2022 marketing campaign with an 0-4 win-loss mark.

That ought to not occur.

Indy mustn’t decrease its guard towards the Texans and Jaguars within the first two weeks of the common season lest it dig itself right into a deep gap simply 4 weeks into the season.

 

2. Thrilling Revenge Video games On Faucet

Indy has revenge on its thoughts within the 2022 NFL season.

It’s payback time for the Colts, who need nothing lower than a regular-season sweep of the Jaguars (who they are going to face in Weeks 2 and 6) – the group that ended their postseason hopes final 12 months – in 2022.

For his half, new Washington Commanders quarterback Carson Wentz needs nothing greater than a win towards his previous group, the Colts, in Week 8.

Then again, the Colts need some payback towards their previous nemesis, the New England Patriots, in Week 9.

Indy has misplaced six straight at Gillette Stadium by nearly 20 factors per recreation since 2006.

The Colts have a superb alternative to finish that doubtful streak in Week 9 this 12 months.

Indy will sq. off towards Derek Carr‘s Raiders for the second straight season.

That heartbreaking 23-20 loss in Week 17 final season nonetheless stings – the Colts will get their probability at redemption in Las Vegas in Week 10.

On a facet observe, that’s a date new Colts defensive finish Yannick Ngakoue has marked on his calendar.

Ngakoue’s tenure in Las Vegas ended on a bitter observe after the Raiders traded him for defensive finish Rock Ya-Sin two months in the past.

There’s no query Ngakoue has revenge on his thoughts when his Colts tackle the Raiders in Week 10.

 

1. The Colts Should Finish Their Late-Season Bye Jinx 

The Colts may have their bye week in Week 14 for the second consecutive season.

It appeared Indy was going to complete final season robust after its bye week.

Regrettably, the alternative state of affairs unfolded.

The Colts will face the Minnesota Vikings, Los Angeles Chargers, New York Giants, and Texans within the last month of the 2022 NFL season.

These 4 squads averaged a mixed six wins in 2021.

Amongst these 4 groups, solely the Chargers pose as an actual menace with quarterback Justin Herbert and the newly-acquired Khalil Mack within the fold.

Right here’s hoping Frank Reich and co. realized from the painful finish to their 2021 season and regain postseason contender standing as soon as once more.



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