INDIANAPOLIS — After a resurgent 2018 season, the Indianapolis Colts are coming back for more.
The National Football League tonight announced its 2019 regular season schedule, and the Colts’ 16-game slate of games features three primetime matchups, as well as a stern test to open the season on the road against a talented 12-win team from last season.
Here is a look at the Colts’ slate of games this coming season (click here to sync your personal calendar; * denotes primetime game):
|Week 1||Sept. 8||@Los Angeles Chargers||4:05 p.m.||CBS|
|Week 2||Sept. 15||@Tennessee Titans||1 p.m.||CBS|
|Week 3||Sept. 22||Atlanta Falcons||1 p.m.||CBS|
|Week 4||Sept. 29||Oakland Raiders||1 p.m.||CBS|
|Week 5||Oct. 6||@Kansas City Chiefs*||8:20 p.m.||NBC|
|Week 6||—||BYE WEEK||—||—|
|Week 7||Oct. 20||Houston Texans||1 p.m.||CBS|
|Week 8||Oct. 27||Denver Broncos||4:25 p.m.||CBS|
|Week 9||Nov. 3||@Pittsburgh Steelers||1 p.m.||CBS|
|Week 10||Nov. 10||Miami Dolphins||4:05 p.m.||CBS|
|Week 11||Nov. 17||Jacksonville Jaguars||1 p.m.||CBS|
|Week 12||Nov. 21||@Houston Texans*||8:20 p.m.||FOX/NFLN/Amazon|
|Week 13||Dec. 1||Tennessee Titans||1 p.m.||CBS|
|Week 14||Dec. 8||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1 p.m.||CBS|
|Week 15||Dec. 16||@New Orleans Saints*||8:15 p.m.||ESPN|
|Week 16||Dec. 22||Carolina Panthers||1 p.m.||FOX|
|Week 17||Dec. 29||@Jacksonville Jaguars||1 p.m.||CBS|
Last week, the Colts announced their 2019 preseason opponents. Here are official dates and times for those games:
|Preseason Week||Date||Opponent||Time (ET)||TV|
|Preseason Week 1||Aug. 8||@Buffalo Bills||7 p.m.||FOX 59|
|Preseason Week 2||Aug. 17||Cleveland Browns||4 p.m.||FOX 59|
|Preseason Week 3||Aug. 24||Chicago Bears||7 p.m.||FOX 59|
|Preseason Week 4||Aug. 29||@Cincinnati Bengals||7 p.m.||FOX 59|
Here are some notes on each 2019 regular season matchup for the Colts:
Week 1: at Los Angeles Chargers (4:05 p.m. ET; Sunday, Sept. 8; CBS)
» 2018 Chargers record: 12-4 (second place, AFC West)
» 2019 Chargers additions: QB Tyrod Taylor, LB Thomas Davis, S Adrian Phillips
» 2019 Chargers losses: WR Tyrell Williams, DT Darius Philon, CB Jason Verrett
» Chargers lead the all-time series 18-11.
» Colts are 7-6 all-time on the road against the Chargers.
» Last matchup in California: Oct. 14, 2013; Chargers 19, Colts 9.
» Last Colts road victory in California: Nov. 23, 2008; Colts 23, Chargers 20.
» Of note: the Colts also opened the 2017 regular season on the road in Los Angeles, although they took on the Rams at the L.A. Coliseum that day, falling 46-9. Also, this is the earliest the Colts will have ever played the Chargers in their series history, which dates back to 1970; the previous earliest game was Week 3 of the 2016 season, a 26-22 victory by the Colts in Indianapolis. The previous earliest game the Colts had played the Chargers in California was Week 3 of the 1999 season, a 27-19 victory for Indy.
Week 2: at Tennessee Titans (1 p.m. ET; Sunday, Sept. 15; CBS)
» 2018 Titans record: 9-7 (third place, AFC South)
» 2019 Titans additions: QB Ryan Tannehill, G Rodger Saffold, WR Adam Humphries, DE Cameron Wake, G Kevin Pamphile
» 2019 Titans losses: G Josh Kline, TE Luke Stocker, G Quinton Spain, QB Blaine Gabbert
» Colts are 14-8 all-time on the road against the Titans.
» Last matchup in Nashville: Dec. 30, 2018; Colts 33, Titans 17.
» Of note: This will be the earliest the Colts have opened up AFC South Division play since the 2011 season, when they fell to the Houston Texans, 34-7, at Reliant Stadium to open up the 2011 regular season.
Week 3: vs. Atlanta Falcons (1 p.m. ET; Sunday, Sept. 22; CBS)
» 2018 Falcons record: 7-9 (second place, NFC South)
» 2019 Falcons additions: G James Carpenter, G Jamon Brown, TE Luke Stocker, DE Adrian Clayborn, TE Logan Paulsen, RB Kenjon Barner
» 2019 Falcons losses: CB Robert Alford, RB Tevin Coleman, DE Bruce Irvin, CB Justin Bethel, CB Brian Poole, DE Brooks Reed, S Jordan Richards, WR Marvin Hall
» Colts lead the all-time series 14-2.
» Colts are 6-1 all-time against the Falcons at home.
» Last matchup in Indy: Nov. 6, 2011; Falcons 31, Colts 7.
» Last Colts home win: Dec. 14, 2003; Colts 38, Falcons 7.
» Of note: This matchup will tie for the second-earliest game between the Colts and Falcons in their 53-year series history, and will be the earliest-ever home game for the Colts. These two teams last squared off this early on Sept. 22, 1968, a Baltimore Colts’ 28-20 victory over the Falcons in Atlanta.
Week 4: vs. Oakland Raiders (1 p.m. ET; Sunday, Sept. 29; CBS)
» 2018 Raiders record: 4-12 (fourth place, AFC West)
» 2019 Raiders additions: WR Antonio Brown, T Trenton Brown, WR Tyrell Williams, S LaMarcus Joyner, CB Nevin Lawson, LB Vontaze Burfict, QB Mike Glennon, DT Josh Mauro, LB Brandon Marshall, WR Ryan Grant, RB Isaiah Crowell, WR J.J. Nelson, S Jordan Richards, TE Luke Willson, G Jordan Devey, S Curtis Riley, QB Landry Jones, T Chaz Green, DE Alex Barrett, DE Benson Mayowa
» 2019 Raiders losses: G Kelechi Osemele, TE Jared Cook, G Jon Feliciano, QB A.J. McCarron
» Raiders lead the all-time series 9-8.
» Colts are 3-5 all-time against the Raiders at home.
» Last matchup in Indy: Sept. 8, 2013; Colts 21, Raiders 17.
» Of note: The Colts will look to slow down star Raiders receiver Antonio Brown, who was traded to the team in March from the Pittsburgh Steelers. In five career games against Indy, Brown averages about six receptions for 93 yards, and has seven receiving touchdowns.
Week 5: at Kansas City Chiefs (8:20 p.m. ET; Sunday, Oct. 6; NBC)
» 2018 Chiefs record: 12-4 (first place, AFC West)
» 2019 Chiefs additions: DE Emmanuel Ogbah, S Tyrann Mathieu, DE Alex Okafor, LB Damien Wilson, RB Carlos Hyde, CB Bashaud Breeland, TE Blake Bell, LB Jeremiah Attaochu
» 2019 Chiefs losses: LB Dee Ford, CB Eric Murray, C Mitch Morse, CB Steven Nelson, DE Justin Houston, TE Demetrius Harris, WR Chris Conley, RB Kareem Hunt, G Jordan Devey
» Colts lead the all-time series 16-10.
» Colts are 9-5 all-time on the road against the Chiefs.
» Last matchup in Kansas City: Jan. 12, 2019 (Divisional Round); Chiefs 31, Colts 13.
» Last regular season matchup in Kansas City: Dec. 22, 2013; Colts 23, Chiefs 7.
» Of note: The Colts in this game will look to avenge a postseason loss the previous season for the first time since Week 12 of the 2008 season, when they went on the road and defeated the San Diego Chargers, 23-20. The Chargers had defeated the Colts, 28-24, in the Divisional Round of the 2007 playoffs the season prior.
Week 6: Bye Week
» Of note: this is the earliest bye week for the Colts since the 2012 season, when they had a Week 4 bye. The last time Indianapolis had a Week 6 bye was the 2009 season.
Week 7: vs. Houston Texans (1 p.m. ET; Sunday, Oct. 20; CBS)
» 2018 Texans record: 11-5 (first place, AFC South)
» 2019 Texans additions: S Tashaun Gipson, CB Bradley Roby, T Matt Kalil, QB A.J. McCarron, TE Darren Fells, S Briean Boddy-Calhoun
» 2019 Texans losses: S Tyrann Mathieu, S Kareem Jackson, T Kendall Lamm, CB Kevin Johnson, WR Demaryius Thomas, DT Christian Covington, RB Alfred Blue
» Colts lead the all-time series 27-8.
» Colts are 14-3 all-time against the Texans at home.
» Last matchup in Indy: Sept. 30, 2018; Texans 37, Colts 34 (OT).
» Last Colts home win: Dec. 31, 2017; Colts 22, Texans 13.
» Of note: The last time the Colts played an opponent they had defeated in the playoffs the previous season was Week 9 of the 2015 season, when they defeated the Denver Broncos, 27-24, at Lucas Oil Stadium; Indy went on the road to defeat Denver, 24-13, in the Divisional Round of the 2014 playoffs. The Colts will look to do the same this time around to the Texans, who they defeated, 21-7, at NRG Stadium in the Wild Card Round on Jan. 5.
Week 8: vs. Denver Broncos (4:25 p.m. ET; Sunday, Oct. 27; CBS)
» 2018 Broncos record: 6-10 (third place, AFC West)
» 2019 Broncos additions: QB Joe Flacco, T Ja’Wuan James, S Kareem Jackson, CB Bryce Callahan
» 2019 Broncos losses: QB Case Keenum, C Matt Paradis, G Billy Turner, CB Bradley Roby, LB Shaquil Barrett, TE Matt LaCosse, G Max Garcia, CB Tramaine Brock, WR Jordan Taylor
» Coaching change: the Broncos on Jan. 9 hired Vic Fangio to be their new head coach, replacing Vance Joseph, who was 11-21 in two seasons in Denver.
» Broncos lead the all-time series 14-13.
» Colts are 9-6 all-time against the Broncos at home.
» Last matchup in Indy: Dec. 14, 2017; Broncos 25, Colts 13.
» Last Colts home win: Nov. 8, 2015; Colts 27, Broncos 24.
» Of note: The Broncos this offseason acquired veteran quarterback Joe Flacco in a trade with the Baltimore Ravens. Flacco is 2-3 in five career starts against the Colts; he’s averaged about 24-of-36 passing (66.7 percent) for 239 yards with just less than one passing touchdown and just more than one interception in those games.
Week 9: at Pittsburgh Steelers (1 p.m. ET; Sunday, Nov. 3; CBS)
» 2018 Steelers record: 9-6-1 (second place, AFC North)
» 2019 Steelers additions: CB Steven Nelson, LB Mark Barron, WR Donte Moncrief
» 2019 Steelers losses: WR Antonio Brown, T Marcus Gilbert, RB Le’Veon Bell, TE Jesse James, S Morgan Burnett, LB L.J. Fort
» Steelers lead the all-time series 24-6.
» Colts are 2-15 all-time on the road against the Steelers.
» Last matchup in Pittsburgh: Dec. 6, 2015; Steelers 45, Colts 10.
» Last Colts road victory in Pittsburgh: Nov. 9, 2008; Colts 24, Steelers 20.
» Of note: The only other Colts’ victory on the road against the Steelers came on Sept. 29, 1968, a 41-7 shellacking of the Steelers by the then-Baltimore Colts. The Colts would then go on to lose 12 straight road games to the Steelers before snapping that streak in 2008. Indy is currently on a two-game road losing streak to Pittsburgh.
Week 10: vs. Miami Dolphins (4:05 p.m. ET; Sunday, Nov. 10; CBS)
» 2018 Dolphins record: 7-9 (second place, AFC East)
» 2019 Dolphins additions: QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, TE Dwayne Allen, CB Eric Rowe, G Chris Reed, TE Clive Walford, WR Ricardo Louis
» 2019 Dolphins losses: DE Robert Quinn, T Ja’Wuan James, DE Cameron Wake, WR Danny Amendola, RB Brandon Bolden, RB Frank Gore, G Ted Larsen, RB Senorise Perry
» Coaching change: the Dolphins on Feb. 4 hired Brian Flores to be their new head coach, replacing Adam Gase, who was 23-25 in three seasons in Miami.
» Dolphins lead the all-time series 47-27.
» Colts are 15-22 all-time against the Dolphins at home.
» Last matchup in Indy: Nov. 25, 2018; Colts 27, Dolphins 24.
» Of note: The Dolphins on March 18 signed veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. If he is the team’s starting quarterback by this Week 10 matchup against the Colts, then he’ll look to improve his 2-7 career record against Indy. In those seven games, Fitzpatrick has averaged about 15-for-25 passing (60 percent) for 166 yards with just more than one passing touchdown and just less than one interception per contest.
Week 11: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (1 p.m. ET; Sunday, Nov. 17; CBS)
» 2018 Jaguars record: 5-11 (fourth place, AFC South)
» 2019 Jaguars additions: QB Nick Foles, LB Jake Ryan, TE Geoff Swaim, WR Chris Conley, RB Benny Cunningham, RB Alfred Blue, T Cedric Ogbuehi
» 2019 Jaguars losses: DT Malik Jackson, S Tashaun Gipson, WR Donte Moncrief, T Ereck Flowers, G Chris Reed, RB Carlos Hyde, QB Blake Bortles, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE Blake Bell, QB Landry Jones
» Colts lead the all-time series 23-13.
» Colts are 13-5 all-time against the Jaguars at home.
» Last matchup in Indy: Nov. 11, 2018; Colts 29, Jaguars 26.
» Of note: This will be the first matchup for Colts head coach Frank Reich against his former quarterback, Nick Foles; together, with Reich as offensive coordinator, the two earned a Super Bowl title with the Philadelphia Eagles two seasons ago. Foles is 2-0 in his career against the Colts, defeating them with the Eagles back in Week 2 of the 2014 season, 30-27, and then again with the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 8 of the 2016 season, 30-14. In those two games, Foles averaged about 19-for-30 passing (63.3 percent) with 277 yards with three total touchdowns and one interception.
Week 12: at Houston Texans (8:20 p.m. ET; Thursday, Nov. 21; FOX/NFLN/Amazon)
» Colts are 12-5 all-time on the road against the Texans.
» Last matchup in Houston: Dec. 9, 2018; Colts 24, Texans 21.
» Of note: The Colts’ last victory on Thursday Night Football was on the road against the Texans — a 27-20 win in Week 5 of the 2015 season. Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck had a good connection going with wide receiver Andre Johnson, who burned his former team with two touchdown receptions in that game.
Week 13: vs. Tennessee Titans (1 p.m. ET; Sunday. Dec. 1; CBS)
» Colts lead the all-time series 32-16.
» Colts are 19-8 all-time against the Titans at home.
» Last matchup in Indy: Nov. 18, 2018; Colts 38, Titans 10.
» Of note: The Colts are 11-3 in December contests against the Titans since the franchise moved from Houston in 1997; the Colts are 7-1 in December games played against Tennessee in Indianapolis. The two teams last squared off in December, coincidentally enough, on the first of the month in 2013, a 22-14 Colts victory at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Week 14: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1 p.m. ET; Sunday. Dec. 8; CBS)
» 2018 Buccanneers record: 5-11 (fourth place, NFC South)
» 2019 Buccaneers additions: P Bradley Pinion, LB Shaquil Barrett, WR Breshad Perriman, LB Deone Bucannon, QB Blaine Gabbert, S Kentrell Brice
» 2019 Buccaneers losses: WR DeSean Jackson, LB Kwon Alexander, WR Adam Humphries, QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, LB Adarius Taylor, DE Vinny Curry, S Andrew Adams
» Coaching change: the Buccaneeers on Jan. 8 hired Bruce Arians to be their new head coach, replacing Dirk Koetter, who was 19-29 in three seasons in Tampa Bay.
» Colts lead the all-time series 8-5.
» Colts tied 3-3 all-time in road games against Buccaneers.
» Last matchup in Tampa Bay: Oct. 3, 2011; Buccaneers 24, Colts 17.
» Last Colts road victory in Tampa Bay: Oct. 6, 2003; Colts 38, Buccaneers 35 (OT).
» Of note: You read that right — the Colts are hoping to earn their first road victory against the Buccaneers since that historic come-from-behind overtime win on Monday Night Football, in which Indianapolis overcame a 21-point deficit in the final 5:09 of the fourth quarter to force overtime; there, Mike Vanderjagt knocked in a 29-yard field goal to send the Colts home victorious. The 21-point rally with less than four minutes left (Indy cut the deficit to 14 with a one-yard run by James Mungro with 3:37 remaining) was the largest comeback win in NFL history.
Week 15: at New Orleans Saints (8:15 p.m. ET; Monday, Dec. 16; ESPN)
» 2018 Saints record: 13-3 (first place, NFC South)
» 2019 Saints additions: C Nick Easton, TE Jared Cook, DT Malcom Brown, RB Latavius Murray, DT Mario Edwards, CB Marcus Sherels
» 2019 Saints losses: DE Alex Okafor, RB Mark Ingram, WR Tommylee Lewis, DT Tyeler Davison
» Saints lead the all-time series 8-5.
» Colts are 2-4 all-time on the road against the Saints.
» Last matchup in New Orleans: Oct. 23, 2011; Saints 62, Colts 7.
» Last Colts road victory in New Orleans: Sept. 28, 2003; Colts 55, Saints 21.
» Of note: This will be the Colts’ 41st all-time appearance on Monday Night Football, and the first-ever Monday night meeting between these two teams. Indy will be looking for its first Monday night victory since Week 13 of the 2016 season, a 41-10 thrashing of the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. This game will also mark the 10th anniversary of Super Bowl XLIV, a 31-17 Saints victory at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.
Week 16: vs. Carolina Panthers (1 p.m. ET; Sunday, Dec. 22; FOX)
» 2018 Panthers record: 7-9 (second place, NFC South)
» 2019 Panthers additions: C Matt Paradis, DE Bruce Irvin, WR Chris Hogan
» 2019 Panthers losses: LB Thomas Davis, WR Devin Funchess, T Matt Kalil, LB David Mayo, K Chandler Catanzaro, QB Garrett Gilbert, RB Kenjon Barner, WR Damiere Byrd
» Panthers lead the all-time series 5-1.
» Colts are 0-3 all-time against the Panthers at home.
» Last matchup in Indy: Nov. 27, 2011: Panthers 27, Colts 19.
» Of note: Perhaps the best game in the Colts-Panthers series history was the week immediately following Indy’s miraculous come-from-behind overtime victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers back in 2003. Both the Panthers (4-0) and the Colts (5-0) were undefeated heading into the matchup, and Indy took a 13-3 lead going into halftime in front of 57,082 fans at the RCA Dome. The Panthers then went on a 17-0 run to go up 20-13 at the beginning of the fourth quarter, but Peyton Manning would find Reggie Wayne for a 25-yard touchdown pass with just 45 seconds remaining in regulation to force yet another overtime contest. There, John Kasay would nail a 47-yard field goal to keep Carolina undefeated at 5-0 and give an exasperated Indianapolis its first loss at 5-1.
Week 17: at Jacksonville Jaguars (1 p.m. ET; Sunday, Dec. 29; CBS)
» Colts are 10-8 all-time on the road against the Jaguars.
» Last matchup in Jacksonville: Dec. 2, 2018; Jaguars 6, Colts 0.
» Last Colts road victory in Jacksonville: Sept. 21, 2014; Colts 44, Jaguars 17.
» Of note: The Colts are 3-1 all-time in regular-season finale matchups against the Jaguars, but their lone loss came in Jacksonville, a 19-13 Jaguars victory on Jan. 1, 2012, to wrap up the 2011 season. The Colts have won all three of their regular-season finales against the Jaguars in Indianapolis — 2002 (20-13), 2013 (30-10) and 2016 (24-20).