The Indianapolis Colts today announced its 2015 regular season schedule. Along with their traditional matchups against AFC South Division opponents – Houston, Jacksonville and Tennessee – the Colts will face the AFC East and NFC South Divisions. Indianapolis will also host the Denver Broncos and will travel to Pittsburgh. In total, the Colts will face four playoff teams from the 2014 season, including Carolina, Denver, New England and Pittsburgh. Indianapolis will play in five primetime games for the second consecutive year.
The Colts enter the season with 13 consecutive wins and back-to-back 6-0 records against AFC South Division foes. It is currently the longest division game winning streak in the NFL.
Indianapolis will open the regular season at Buffalo on September 13 at 1 p.m. The Colts trail the Bills in the all-time series, 31-35-1 overall and 13-21 on the road, but have won seven of the last eight matchups. In the last game between the teams in 2012, the Colts won by a score of 20-13 behind two touchdowns from wide receiver T.Y. Hilton, who scored on a 75-yard punt return and an eight-yard reception from quarterback Andrew Luck.
In Week 2, the Colts will play in their first primetime game of the season at home against the New York Jets on Monday Night Football. Indianapolis holds a 40-27 mark in the head-to-head series, including a 19-14 record at home, but have lost the last two games. In the most recent matchup in 2012, the Colts fell 35-9, as kicker Adam Vinatieri kicked three field goals, including two from 47 and 50 yards out.
Indianapolis opens its AFC South slate with a Week 3 contest at Tennessee at 1 p.m. The Colts have won their last seven meetings against the Titans, including a 5-1 mark at LP Field dating back to 2009. In 2014, Indianapolis scored a combined 68 points against the Titans and clinched their third consecutive 11-5 regular season record with a 27-10 victory in the season finale at Tennessee.
The Colts will host their first division game of the season a week later when Jacksonville visits Lucas Oil Stadium for a 1 p.m. showdown. Indianapolis is 10-4 all-time against the Jaguars at home and has won two of the last three meetings. Following a 23-3 victory against Jacksonville in Week 12 of the 2014 campaign, the Colts went on to win their next three games, closing out the season with victories in five of their last six contests.
Indianapolis hits the road for its second primetime game of the season, a Week 5 meeting at Houston on Thursday Night Football (8:25 p.m.). The Colts are 9-4 all-time against Houston on the road with two consecutive wins. Last season, Indianapolis won a Thursday Night meeting at NRG Stadium to improve to 4-2 on the year. In the game, the Colts scored 24 points in the first quarter, which is the most for the team in a first quarter of play dating back to October 4, 1958 against Chicago (27 points).
Indianapolis will then return home to face the New England Patriots on Sunday Night Football for the second consecutive year. The game will continue a 12-year streak of facing the Patriots in the regular season or postseason dating back to 2003. Indianapolis trails 28-46 overall and 16-21 at home in the all-time series against New England. The Colts have lost the last four regular season contests with their last victory being a 35-34 decision at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 15, 2009. In last year’s contest, Luck threw for 300 yards and two touchdowns, while tackle Anthony Castonzo caught his first career pass and touchdown.
The Colts will host the New Orleans Saints in Week 7 on Sunday, October 25 at 1 p.m. Indianapolis is 5-6 all-time against New Orleans and 2-3 at home but won the last matchup in Indianapolis in 2007. The Colts traveled to New Orleans in 2011 and lost, 62-7, on Sunday Night Football. They also met in Super Bowl XLIV where the Saints won, 31-17.
In Week 8, the Colts will play the Panthers in their second Monday Night Football game of the season. Indianapolis has only beaten Carolina once in five total head-to-head matchups. That 31-7 win came in the last trip to Bank of America Stadium on October 28, 2007. In the most recent contest between the teams, the Colts fell, 27-19, at Lucas Oil Stadium in 2011.
Indianapolis will host Denver in a Week 9 game on Sunday, November 8 at 4:25 p.m. The Colts trail the Broncos in the all-time series, 9-12, but have won five of the last six matchups and are 6-5 at home. In 2014, Indianapolis lost in the season-opener to Denver but won the AFC Divisional round game, 24-13. Luck threw for 265 yards and two touchdowns, while running back Daniel “Boom” Herron scored a rushing touchdown in the postseason contest.
Following a Week 10 bye week, the Colts will travel to Atlanta for the first time since a 31-13 victory on November 22, 2007. Indianapolis has won 13-of-15 games against the Falcons and won the first 10 overall matchups of the series. In the most recent game between the teams in 2011, the Colts lost, 31-7, at Lucas Oil Stadium.
In Week 12, Indianapolis will play Tampa Bay at home on November 29 at 1 p.m. The Colts lead the all-time series, 7-5, and are 4-2 at home. Indianapolis was victorious in the Buccaneers’ last trip to the Circle City, posting a 33-14 win on October 7, 2007. The Colts traveled to Tampa Bay in 2011, but lost, 24-17, at Raymond James Stadium.
The Colts will face the Steelers at Heinz Field in Week 13 for their fifth and final primetime game of the season, which will take place on Sunday Night Football. Indianapolis holds a 6-15 record against Pittsburgh and a 4-6 mark on the road. The Colts lost last year’s contest against the Steelers, 51-34. Luck threw for 400 yards and connected on three passing touchdowns to tight end Dwayne Allen and wide receivers T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief.
In Week 14, the Colts make a visit to Jacksonville for the second meeting between the two teams. Indianapolis has won its last three games at EverBank Field, including a 44-17 victory in Week 3 of the 2014 season, which was the team’s first win of the year. The Colts finished the game with 529 yards, which is the 10th-highest single-game total in team history.
The Colts continue their AFC South schedule the following week when Houston comes to Lucas Oil Stadium. Indianapolis remains undefeated at home (13-0) against the Texans, which includes a 17-10 victory last season. Following the win in 2014, the Colts clinched their second consecutive AFC South Division title and third consecutive 10-win season.
Indianapolis will travel to Miami in Week 16 for a 1 p.m. meeting on Sunday, December 27. The Colts are 25-45 overall and 11-23 on the road against the Dolphins but have won four of the last five matchups. In the last game between the teams in 2013, Indianapolis lost, 24-20, at Lucas Oil Stadium, as Luck threw for 321 yards and Hilton posted 124 receiving yards. The Colts claimed a 27-23 victory in their last trip to Miami on September 21, 2009.
Indianapolis will host Tennessee in the 2015 regular season finale. The Colts are 16-6 all-time against the Titans at home and have won seven consecutive home contests. Last season, Indianapolis posted 41 points in a Week 4 win while totaling 498 yards of net offense. Quarterback Andrew Luck completed 29-of-41 passes for 393 yards and four touchdowns in the game.
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 2015 SEASON SCHEDULE
Day Date Opponent Time
Sun. Aug. 16 at Philadelphia 1:00 PM
Sat. Aug. 22 CHICAGO 7:30 PM
Week 3 Aug. 27-30 at St. Louis TBD
Thurs. Sept. 3 CINCINNATI 7:00 PM
Day Date Opponent Time Network
Sun. Sept. 13 at Buffalo 1:00 PM CBS
Mon. Sept. 21 N.Y. JETS 8:30 PM ESPN
Sun. Sept. 27 at Tennessee 1:00 PM CBS
Sun. Oct. 4 JACKSONVILLE 1:00 PM CBS
Thurs. Oct. 8 at Houston 8:25 PM CBS/NFLN
Sun. Oct. 18 NEW ENGLAND 8:30 PM NBC
Sun. Oct. 25 NEW ORLEANS 1:00 PM FOX
Mon. Nov. 2 at Carolina 8:30 PM ESPN
Sun. Nov. 8 DENVER 4:25 PM CBS
Sun. Nov. 15 BYE WEEK
Sun. Nov. 22 at Atlanta 1:00 PM CBS
Sun. Nov. 29 TAMPA BAY 1:00 PM FOX
Sun. Dec. 6 at Pittsburgh 8:30 PM NBC
Sun. Dec. 13 at Jacksonville 1:00 PM CBS
Sun. Dec. 20 HOUSTON 1:00 PM CBS
Sun. Dec. 27 at Miami 1:00 PM CBS
Sun. Jan. 3 TENNESSEE 1:00 PM CBS
–All times are EASTERN—
Flexible scheduling may be applied in Weeks 5-10. During that period, flexible scheduling can be used in no more than two weeks by shifting a Sunday afternoon game into primetime and moving the Sunday night game to an afternoon start time.
Also, a select number of games are being “cross-flexed,” moving between CBS and FOX to bring potentially under-distributed games to wider audiences.
“Flexible scheduling” will be used in Weeks 11-17 as it has been in recent years. In Weeks 11-16, the schedule lists the games tentatively set for Sunday Night Football on NBC. Only Sunday afternoon games are eligible to be moved to Sunday night, in which case the tentatively scheduled Sunday night game would be moved to an afternoon start time. Flexible scheduling will not be applied to games airing on Thursday, Saturday or Monday nights. A flexible scheduling move would be announced at least 12 days before the game. For Week 17, the Sunday night game will be announced no later than six days prior to January 3. The schedule does not list a Sunday night game in Week 17, but an afternoon game with playoff implications will be moved to that time slot. Flexible scheduling ensures quality matchups in all Sunday time slots in those weeks and gives “surprise” teams a chance to play their way into primetime.
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Fans Given Opportunity to Bid on Exclusive Items to Benefit IU Cancer Research
INDIANAPOLIS – This week the Indianapolis Colts and the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center launched a CHUCKSTRONG online auction to benefit cancer research. Through 9:45 p.m. Friday, April 24, fans have the opportunity to bid on 75 exclusive items, including several autographed Colts items, one-of-a-kind sports memorabilia, game day experiences and much more.
A sampling of the items includes:
- Golf at the Colts private course with Matt Overton and Matt Hasselback
- Host your child’s birthday party at a Colts game with a private room, sideline visit and tickets
- Dine with Jerrell Freeman, D’Qwell Jackson and Gary Brackett at Georgia Reese’s Southern Table & Bar
- 6’ x 9’ Colts player banners that each player will custom sign for the winner
- Attend a taping of the Bob & Tom Show with Colts Punter Pat McAfee
To view all of the items, visit www.colts.com/chuckstrong. The proceeds from the auction will support research at the IU Simon Cancer Center. This is the first year a CHUCKSTRONG online auction has been held.
The CHUCKSTRONG campaign was launched in 2012 when Coach Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia just three games into his first season in Indianapolis. The Indianapolis community rallied around Pagano, who was treated at the IU Health Simon Cancer Center. Pagano has since made a full recovery and has championed cancer research aimed at helping others beat their cancer.
Since its inception, CHUCKSTRONG has raised nearly $2 million to support the 200 cancer researchers at Indiana University looking for ways to prevent, detect and treat cancer.
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