The speculation is finally over. Peyton Manning will return to Indianapolis on Oct. 20 for Sunday Night Football on NBC. Manning spent 13 seasons with the Colts and there will be more than a few eyes turned to the city of Indianapolis to watch No. 18 take on his former team. The Colts will be coming off a short week (see below) prior to the Week 7 meeting with the Broncos.
After a year in which the Colts saw just one primetime spot (a Thursday night game in Jacksonville), Indianapolis finds itself in the spotlight on four different occasions this year. All four contests come in a one-month span beginning on Monday, Oct. 14 with a game @San Diego. The other three primetime games are as followed:
Oct. 20, Denver, 8:30 (NBC)
Nov. 3, @Houston, 8:30 (NBC)
Nov. 14 (Thursday), @Tennessee, 8:25 (NFL)
West Coast Trips
The Colts will make three separate trips to the Pacific Time Zone in 2013. The first comes on Sept. 22 when the Colts take on the 2012 NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers for a 4:25 p.m. kickoff. The next comes on Oct. 14 when the Colts travel to San Diego to play on Monday Night Football for the first time since Oct. 3, 2011. The final trip out west will come on Nov. 24 when Indianapolis takes on former interim head coach Bruce Arians and the Arizona Cardinals for a 4:05 p.m. kickoff.
Last season the Colts didn’t see the Houston Texans until Week 15 of the regular season. This year the team’s first meeting will come on Nov. 3 in Houston for Sunday Night Football. The next meeting will come on Dec. 15 when the Colts look to keep Houston winless in Indianapolis.
Jacksonville will kickoff the Colts AFC South slate on Sept. 29 and three months later the Jaguars will close out the 2013 regular season when they travel to Indianapolis.
The Colts will play the Tennessee Titans two times in a 17-day span beginning on Thursday, Nov. 14 in Nashville. Tennessee will then return to Indianapolis on Dec. 1 to close out the season series.
The 2013 bye week for the Colts comes during Week 9 of the regular season, splitting the schedule into a seven-game first-half and a nine-game second-half. Last year the Colts had the earliest bye week of any team in the NFL (at the end of September), after just three games. This year’s bye week comes on Oct. 27 and breaks up three straight primetime contests for the Colts.
September 8 (Sunday) OAKLAND 1:00PM (CBS)
September 15 (Sunday) MIAMI 1:00PM (CBS)
September 22 (Sunday) at San Francisco 4:25PM (CBS)
September 29 (Sunday) at Jacksonville 1:00PM (CBS)
October 6 (Sunday) SEATTLE 1:00PM (FOX)
October 14 (Monday) at San Diego 8:40PM (ESPN)
October 20 (Sunday) DENVER 8:30PM (NBC)
October 27 BYE
November 3 (Sunday) at Houston 8:30PM (NBC)
November 10 (Sunday) ST. LOUIS 1:00PM (FOX)
November 14 (Thursday)* at Tennessee 8:25PM (NFL Network)
November 24 (Sunday)* at Arizona 4:05PM (CBS)
December 1 (Sunday)* TENNESSEE 1:00PM (CBS)
December 8 (Sunday)* at Cincinnati 1:00PM (CBS)
December 15 (Sunday)* HOUSTON 1:00PM (CBS)
December 22 (Sunday)* at Kansas City 1:00PM (CBS)
December 29 (Sunday)* JACKSONVILLE 1:00PM (CBS)
All times local to Indianapolis
*Kickoff time subject to change
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The NFL Draft is a mere eight days away and here is the second-to-last installment of various mock drafts from national media outlets to gauge what NFL pundits are thinking the Colts might do with the 24th pick in the first round.
ESPN, Todd McShay (April 10)
No. 24: CB D.J. Hayden, Houston
McShay’s Analysis: Scenario 1: The Colts play man-cover schemes, and Hayden’s smooth movement skills and ability to manufacture turnovers would be a solid fit.
Scenario 2: Receiver doesn’t appear to be a pressing need, but QB Andrew Luck can never have too many options and Keenan Allen is an NFL-ready talent who can make plays downfield.
Scenario 3: If other options aren’t attractive, Indianapolis could opt for Lacy as the potential engine that drives its power running game.
Stats and Info: The Colts’ pass rush sacked, hit or put the quarterback under duress on 17.8 percent of drop backs, the second-worst rate in the league. Jarvis Jones led the FBS with 14.5 sacks, as well as all BCS defensive prospects with 31 total pressures last season.
No. 24: Datone Jones, UCLA
Banks’ Analysis: Jones is a 3-4 end prospect who can move around to multiple spots on the Colts defensive line, strengthening one of Indy’s remaining weak spots after its flurry of free-agent signings. A defensive tackle possibility is North Carolina’s Sylvester Williams.
No. 24: DT Sylvester Williams, UNC
Davis’ Analysis: Williams is getting a lot of buzz in recent weeks, and his game tape backs it up. Minnesota might want to snatch him up one pick earlier.
No. 24: DE Barkevious Mingo, LSU
Schrager’s Analysis: The Colts drafted offensive players with 11 of their 12 picks a season ago. They’ve worked hard this offseason to add a host of talented free agents on the defensive side of the ball, including Erik Walder, Ricky Jean-Francois, LaRon Landry, Greg Toler, and Aubrayo Franklin. I don’t think they’re done addressing the D. Mingo can play inside or outside LB and can play right away. He has a bit of a mean streak in him, too. Like Eric Reid, he had a better 2011 than 2012.
No. 24: WR Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee
Prisco’s Analysis: Reggie Wayne isn’t a kid anymore. They need help. Darius Heyward-Bey is a stopgap.
No. 24: OL Justin Pugh, Syracuse
Davis’ Analysis: It’d be nice to reinforce the defense, though GM Ryan Grigson has already used this draft to do exactly that after acquiring CB Vontae Davis last season for this year’s second rounder. Still, the priority remains QB Andrew Luck, who needs to be better safeguarded after absorbing quite a bit of abuse as a rookie. Pugh was a tackle for the Orange but would kick inside for the Colts, who need better guard play.
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No perfect time
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Between now and the beginning of the NFL Draft (April 25), Colts.com will take an offseason look at each of the Colts 2013 opponents. The seventh installment comes today with the Seattle Seahawks:
Seattle Seahawks 2013 Offseason:
2012 Season: 11-5 regular season. Finished 2nd in the NFC West. Lost in the NFC Divisional Round, 30-28, to the Atlanta Falcons.
Key Offseason Additions: DE-Cliff Avril, DE-Michael Bennett, WR-Percy Harvin (Vikings via trade), QB-Brady Quinn, CB-Antoine Winfield
Key Offseason Losses: QB-Matt Flynn (Oakland), DT-Jason Jones (Lions), CB-Marcus Trufant, RB-Leon Washington (Patriots)
2013 Draft Picks: 2-56, 3-87, 4-123, 5-138, 5-158, 6-194, 7-214, 7-220, 7-231, 7-241, 7-242
Analysis: Perhaps no team around the league will carry quite the momentum that the Seattle Seahawks will into the 2013 season. Rookie quarterback Russell Wilson led the Seahawks into a buzzer beating field goal of reaching the NFC Championship last year. Seattle won its final five regular season contests in 2012 and continued to make noise in the offseason.
Seattle acquired one of the game’s most electric players in former Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin. The addition of Harvin gives the Seahawks another weapon on offense, to go along with Pro Bowl running back Marshawn Lynch. From a free agency standpoint, Seattle added more depth to a stout defensive front with the additions of Avril and Bennett.
Backup quarterback Matt Flynn moved south to Oakland and his replacement will come in the form of Brady Quinn. Seattle lost a few other veteran pieces across both sides of the football and while the Seahawks don’t carry a first-round draft pick into next Thursday’s NFL Draft, they do hold nine picks on the final day of the draft.
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