The Indianapolis Colts open the 2012 regular season on the road against the Chicago Bears. The game will mark the start of a new era in Colts football led by General Manager Ryan Grigson and Head Coach Chuck Pagano, who were hired in January 2012 to lead the franchise.
The Colts finished the preseason with a 2-2 record, recording wins against St. Louis and Cincinnati, both at home. As a team, the Colts ranked second in the AFC in passing yards (267.5 avg.) and total offense (343.8 avg.). Quarterback Andrew Luck was equally impressive, as he finished the preseason completing 41-of-66 passes (62.1%) for 522 yards, three touchdowns and a passer rating of 89.3. Luck led the AFC in passing yards, while tying for second in completions
The Colts and Bears will compete against each other for the 41st time overall, as the Colts hold the all-time series edge at 22-18. The last time these two teams met was in the 2008 regular season opener, with the Bears coming out on top, 29-13.
The Colts will return home for the following two weeks, as they host the Minnesota Vikings and Jacksonville Jaguars before taking off for their bye week.
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