INDIANAPOLIS –Three days after learning their preseason opponents for 2017, the Colts now know the days and times they will be playing those games.
On Thursday, the Colts announced their preseason schedule for 2017:
- Sunday, August 13 (1:30 pm): Detroit
- Saturday, August 19 (7:00 pm): at Dallas
- Saturday, August 26 (7:30 pm): at Pittsburgh
- Thursday, August 31 (7:00 pm): Cincinnati
In hosting Detroit to start the preseason, the Colts will see former head coach Jim Caldwell's team for the second time in the last calendar year. The Lions beat the Colts, 39-35, in last year's regular season opener, also at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The trip to Dallas will come in Week Two of the preseason. The Colts last played Dallas in Week 16 of the 2014 regular season.
Week Three's preseason test will come against an ideal opponent. The Pittsburgh Steelers have been a major challenge for the Colts over the last three years. Week Three of the preseason is when teams play their starters the most during the preseason, so this sort of competition is what Chuck Pagano should want in the month of August.
The annual Colts/Bengals preseason finale will come with 75-man rosters, as final roster cuts down to 53 players occur after Week Four. Since 2001, the Colts and Bengals have met in every preseason, normally in the final week.
The NFL's regular season schedule is expected to be released next week.
In addition to the normal AFC South foes, the Colts will host Arizona, Cleveland, Denver, Pittsburgh and San Francisco. Indianapolis will visit Baltimore, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Los Angeles (Rams) and Seattle.*
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