- Phil Taylor
The 2015 Colts schedule was released Tuesday night and there's plenty to be excited about. The Colts will play five primetime games this year; two on Monday night, two on Sunday, and one Thursday night game. This doesn't include an afternoon game against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.
Here's a few of the must-see games in 2015.
Week 2 vs. New York
The Colts home-opener also doubles as their first primetime game of the season. There's no arguing the Jets were horrible last season losing eight games in a row en route to a 4-12 year. But they did add veteran QB Ryan Fitzpatrick and WR Brandon Marshall. Nonetheless, this should be an early season blowout victory for Andrew Luck and company.
Week 5 at Houston
The Colts have the Texans' number, and always have. They'll look to continue their dominant ways against the AFC South foe when they travel to Houston during this mid-week primetime game. The Texans did add Brian Hoyer at QB over the offseason but is that really even an improvement? Look for the Colts to take care of business and control of the division.
Week 6 vs. New England
New England has been the achilles heel for the Colts. They've knocked the Colts out of the playoffs the last two seasons and defeated the Colts six straight times. The Colts get 10 days to prepare for this Sunday night game that is sure to be a thriller and the perfect opportunity for Luck and the Colts to show the rest of the league they're for real.
Week 7 vs. New Orleans
The Saints struggled last season going 7-9 and missing the playoffs. That being said, they still have Purdue grad Drew Brees at the helm, who can put up points in a flurry.
Week 8 at Carolina
The Panthers finished 2014 on a high note winning their final four games of the regular season and upsetting Arizona in the playoffs before falling to Seattle. But they weren't unbeatable at home (4-4). The second and final Monday night game for the Colts will serve as a tuneup for the Broncos the following week.
Week 9 vs. Denver
Peyton Manning brings his Broncos to town for an afternoon game at Lucas Oil. Manning will be looking for revenge as the Colts ousted him from last season's playoffs. The Colts bye week follows this game so expect 110 percent effort.
Week 13 at Pittsburgh
Ben Roethlisberger ripped the Colts defense apart last season throwing for 522 yards and six touchdowns in a 51-34 Steelers win. This Sunday night game could be key for playoff seeding and serves as a great chance for the Colts defense to show they aren't a replica of last season's squad.
Week 16 at Miami
As mentioned above, this game could be huge when it comes to seeding in the playoffs. Let's hope the Colts have already locked up the No. 1 seed, but if not, Miami won't be a pushover. The Dolphins always seem to be right on the cusp of snagging a wild card spot and there's no reason to believe that won't be the case again this season.
Find the entire 2015 Colts schedule here.