INDIANAPOLIS –The club's 2013 preseason opponents were announced on Thursday, and Buffalo will be making a visit to Indianapolis for the second consecutive year.
The Colts and Bills will battle on the weekend of August 8-12 in Lucas Oil Stadium, the site of last year's regular-season outing on November 25 won by Indianapolis, 20-13.
The preseason game will be the first measuring stick for both teams.
It will be the second straight year the Colts have opened at home, and it marks the start of the second season for quarterback Andrew Luck, among others.
Luck's first pass in last year's preseason opener against St. Louis went for a touchdown, and it symbolized to some degree the success he would have in the regular season when he passed for a NFL-record 4,374 yards and helped lead the team to an 11-5 record.
Against the Bills in November, he hit 20-of-37 passes for 240 yards and one touchdown. The scoring strike was a 75-yarder to T.Y. Hilton.
Head Coach Chuck Pagano will be making his first return to the home field since he re-joined the Colts last December after a successful fight with leukemia.
Buffalo will look different this year with new Head Coach Doug Marrone. Marrone will be in his eighth NFL season, and he spent the last four years as the field leader at Syracuse.
His last three teams earned a 21-17 record, and two of the past three squads won the New Era Pinstripe Bowl.
Buffalo owns the eighth overall pick in the draft and will arrive with a new quarterback. Ryan Fitzpatrick opened last year's game and now is with Tennessee. This year's starter is to be determined.
The teams have met on six previous preseason occasions, and the series is squared, 3-3. The last meeting was in Toronto's Rogers Centre on August 19, 2010. The Bills won, 34-21.
Following the Bills game, the Colts travel to New York for an August 18 nationally-televised game with the Giants. The Colts host Cleveland on the weekend of August 22-25, then conclude preseason in Cincinnati on August 29 or 30.