The Indianapolis Colts have announced its 2013 regular season schedule. Along with their traditional matchups against AFC South Division opponents, Houston, Jacksonville and Tennessee, the Colts will also face the AFC and NFC West Divisions. Indianapolis will also host the Miami Dolphins while traveling to Cincinnati. In total, the Colts will face five playoff teams from the 2012 season, including Cincinnati, Denver, Houston, San Francisco and Seattle.
Indianapolis will open the regular season at home for the first time since 2009 when the Oakland Raiders come to town on Sunday, September 8. The Colts are 5-7 against the Raiders overall, including a 1-4 record at home. Indianapolis has won the past three matchups, including its sole win at home against Oakland on October 10, 2004. In the most recent game between the two teams, the Colts were victorious, 31-26, on December 26, 2010.
The Colts will remain at home in Week 2 and host the Miami Dolphins for the second consecutive year on Sunday, September 15. Last season, Indianapolis beat Miami, 23-20, behind Andrew Luck's NFL rookie single-game record 433 passing yards. Overall, the Colts have won the last four games between the two teams and are 25-44 against the Dolphins all-time, including a 14-21 mark at home.
Indianapolis will head to the West Coast for its first road game of the season to battle the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, September 22. The Colts are 24-18 all-time against the 49ers and have won the previous two matchups. Most recently, the Colts defeated the 49ers by a score of 18-14 on November 1, 2009. Reggie Wayne led both teams in receiving that day, hauling in 12 receptions for 147 yards and a touchdown.
The Colts will open their AFC South slate on the road against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, September 29. Indianapolis owns a 16-8 series advantage over Jacksonville, having split the season series last year. In last year's Thursday Night Football game in Jacksonville, the Colts won 27-10. In the game, Andrew Luck rushed for two touchdowns while Darius Butler recorded two interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown, to go along with a fumble recovery.
Indianapolis will then return home to host the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, October 6 for the first time since 2009. In the last meeting between the two teams at Lucas Oil Stadium, Donald Brown and Reggie Wayne each found the end zone en route to a 34-17 victory. Overall, the Colts lead the all-time series 6-4, with a 2-1 advantage at home.
The Colts will return to the West Coast on October 14 for its first primetime game of the season with the San Diego Chargers on ESPN's Monday Night Football. Having lost the previous two games against the Chargers, the Colts will be looking for their first win since a 23-20 victory in 2008. Indianapolis trails in the overall series, 15-9, but holds a 6-4 edge on the road. In their most recent meeting in 2010, the Colts fell to the Chargers, 36-14.
Indianapolis will remain on primetime the following week as it hosts Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos on NBC's Sunday Night Football on October 20. The Colts have won the last five matchups with the Broncos dating back to 2005, but trail in the overall series 11-8. At home, the Colts are an even 5-5 against the Broncos, having won 28-26 in the last game at Lucas Oil Stadium in 2009. In their most recent meeting in 2010, the Colts defeated the Broncos by a score of 27-13 at Mile High Stadium.
Following a Week 8 bye, the Colts will again play on Sunday Night Football when they travel to Houston to take on the Texans on November 3. Overall, the Colts hold an 18-4 advantage in the all-time series and are 7-4 on the road. In last year's game in Houston, the Colts fell 29-17 at Reliant Stadium.
Indianapolis will return home the following week as the St. Louis Rams will visit Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday, November 10. The Colts own a 23-17-2 record all-time and a 14-5-2 mark at home against the Rams. The Colts have won the last two matchups dating back to 2005 and have scored over 40 points in both games. Most recently, the Colts defeated the Rams, 42-6, on October 25, 2009 with Reggie Wayne leading the way with seven receptions for 83 yards and a touchdown.
On November 14, the Colts will play on NFL Network's Thursday Night Football against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field. Indianapolis swept the season series last year and holds an overall 23-13 record against the Titans, including a 9-7 mark on the road. In last season's game at Tennessee, Vick Ballard scored the game-winning touchdown in overtime, giving the team a 19-13 victory.
Indianapolis will remain on the road to take on the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, November 24. The Colts won the last meeting, 31-10, at University of Phoenix Stadium. In the game, Reggie Wayne totaled seven receptions for 126 yards and a touchdown, while Antoine Bethea was a part of two takeaways as he recorded an interception and a fumble recovery. Overall, Indianapolis holds an 8-6 record against Arizona and is 2-2 on the road.
The Colts will conclude the season series with the Titans at home on Sunday, December 1. In last year's meeting with Tennessee at home, the Colts won 27-23 behind two fourth-quarter field goals by Adam Vinatieri from 40 and 53 yards out. The Colts are 14-6 all-time at home against the Titans.
Indianapolis will then make a quick trip to Cincinnati the following week on Sunday, December 8. The Colts lead the all-time series by a 16-9 margin, including a 7-3 record on the road. In their last meeting, the Colts fell to the Bengals, 27-17, at Paul Brown Stadium on October 16, 2011. Prior to that game, Indianapolis won seven consecutive matchups spanning from 1998 to 2010.
The Colts will wrap up the season series with the Texans at home on Sunday, December 15. Indianapolis remains undefeated at home (11-0) against Houston, having posted a 28-16 victory in last year's season finale at Lucas Oil Stadium. In the game, three rookies scored for the Colts, including Vick Ballard, Coby Fleener and T.Y. Hilton.
Indianapolis will return to Arrowhead Stadium for the second-straight year when it takes on Kansas City on Sunday, December 22. Last season, the Colts defeated the Chiefs 20-13 in a Week 16, playoff-clinching game. Andrew Luck threw for 205 yards, bringing his total to 4,183 for the year, which set a new NFL rookie record for most passing yards in a season.
The Colts 2013 regular season closes out at home against the Jaguars on Sunday, December 29. In last season's home contest against Jacksonville, the Colts lost, 22-17, on a last-minute 80-yard touchdown completion from Blaine Gabbert to Cecil Shorts III. Overall, Indianapolis is 8-4 at home against Jacksonville.
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 2013 SCHEDULE
* Sunday, August 11 BUFFALO BILLS 1:30 p.m.*
Sunday, August 18 at New York Giants 7:00 p.m. (FOX)
* Saturday, August 24 CLEVELAND BROWNS 7:00 p.m.*
Thursday, August 29 at Cincinnati Bengals 7:00 p.m.
* Sunday, September 8 OAKLAND RAIDERS 1:00 p.m. (CBS) *
* Sunday, September 15 MIAMI DOLPHINS 1:00 p.m. (CBS) *
Sunday, September 22 at San Francisco 49ers 4:25 p.m. (CBS)
Sunday, September 29 at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00 p.m. (CBS)
* Sunday, October 6 SEATTLE SEAHAWKS 1:00 p.m. (FOX) *
Monday, October 14 at San Diego Chargers 8:40 p.m. (ESPN)
* Sunday, October 20 DENVER BRONCOS 8:30 p.m. (NBC) *
Sunday, October 27 Bye Week
Sunday, November 3 at Houston Texans 8:30 p.m. (NBC)
* Sunday, November 10 ST. LOUIS RAMS 1:00 p.m. (FOX) *
Thursday, November 14*at Tennessee Titans 8:25 p.m. (NFL Network)
Sunday, November 24* at Arizona Cardinals 4:05 p.m. (CBS)
* Sunday, December 1 TENNESSEE TITANS 1:00 p.m. (CBS) **
Sunday, December 8* at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00 p.m. (CBS)
* Sunday, December 15 HOUSTON TEXANS 1:00 p.m. (CBS) **
Sunday, December 22* at Kansas City Chiefs 1:00 p.m. (CBS)
* Sunday, December 29 JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS 1:00 p.m. (CBS)**
* HOME GAMES IN BOLDFACE CAPS*
All times local to Indianapolis
*Kickoff time subject to change
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