On numerous occasions during the club’s successful run from 1999-2010, networks were a bit hesitant to put the Colts on national telecasts at home because of how well the team played and for the potential of a lop-sided finish.
Networks want close games, something for which fault cannot be found.
With the 2013 schedule out, Indianapolis is back in prime-time on a prominent basis. Last year found the club playing but once in prime-time, snapping a 13-year run where Indianapolis had at least three nationally-televised appearances.
From 2005-11, the Colts had at least four regular-season prime-time games.
Each network that televises in prime-time has the Colts this year. NBC has games on October 20 against Denver and November 3 at Houston.
The Denver game is the club’s only home prime-time outing this year, unless a later one gets flexed.
The battle between the Colts and Broncos, featuring Andrew Luck and Peyton Manning, no doubt was a terrific arm wrestle that came down to NBC and CBS. Had CBS won, the game would have been in the late afternoon slot to draw a tremendous audience.
ESPN has the Colts playing at San Diego, a Monday-Nighter on October 14 that provides the Colts only six days to mend before hosting Denver.
The final prime-time game will be at Tennessee on November 14. The NFL Network has the call, a game it also covered in the venue in 2010, a battle won by the Colts, 30-28, on the way to a ninth straight playoff berth.
This will be the sixth straight year the Colts have played a division opponent in November or December on the NFL Network, and the Colts are 5-0 in those outings. Four of those five games were road affairs for the Colts.
For now, no complaints. One home prime-time game is better than none. Four total such games is a gesture to a good year by the club and the hope that more than one good season in a row is in order.
Colts fans have seven 1:00 p.m. ET games, and they arrive in full voice regardless.
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Looking for a place to have your Colts questions answered at the end of the week? Well, you’ve come to the right place.
This Friday, I will host a one-hour chat called “Horseshoe Roundup” beginning at 11 a.m. During the offseason, the chat will take place every two weeks and it will move to a weekly schedule once the regular season gets closer.
The chat will cover a variety of topics with the focus being the pertinent news during that time period. I will take your questions and try to answer as many as I can during the hour.
For this week, we have the draft less than a week away. Colts GM Ryan Grigson had his pre-draft press conference on Thursday and he covered a ton of areas during his 30-minute meeting with the media. What will the Colts do at No. 24?
How about the release of the 2013 NFL Schedule? What do you think of the Colts schedule? How about Peyton Manning returning to Indianapolis on Oct. 20?
We will concentrate on these two topics but whatever questions you have, I will try and address in the course of an hour.
Last week’s chat log is linked here.
Feel free to join the chat via this link around 11:00 a.m. on Friday (scroll to the bottom of the page) and we will talk for an hour about whatever is on your mind.
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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 eighth installment comes today with the Miami Dolphins:
Miami Dolphins 2013 Offseason:
2012 Season: 7-9 regular season. Finished 2nd in the AFC East.
Key Offseason Additions: LB-Darnell Ellerbe, WR-Brandon Gibson, CB-Brent Grimes, TE-Dustin Keller, WR-Mike Wallace, LB-Philip Wheeler,
Key Offseason Losses: RB-Reggie Bush (Lions), LB-Kevin Burnett (Raiders), LB-Karlos Dansby, TE-Anthony Fasano (Chiefs), OT-Jake Long (Rams), CB-Sean Smith (Chiefs)
2013 Draft Picks: 1-12, 2-42, 2-54, 3-77, 3-82, 4-111, 5-146, 5-166, 7-217, 7-224, 7-250
Analysis: With Ryan Tannehill coming off a productive rookie campaign, the Dolphins seem to be on pretty solid ground for a strong next couple of years. Changes in the offseason were a plenty in Miami and the draft should only enhance a roster filled with new, and talented, bodies.
Even without HBO”s “Hard Knocks”, the Dolphins always seem to be in the news. The losses are significant but the additions might even be better. Miami added a dynamic receiver in Wallace and filled an empty tight end slot with Keller. The Dolphins still must replace Bush and a bookend left tackle in Long.
Defensively, Miami signed two of the big names this offseason in Ellerbe and Grimes. It will be a new look across every phase of the football for Miami but this was a team that showed flashes of challenging the Patriots for AFC East supremacy. With five picks in the first 82 selections next week, Miami will be adding even more quality faces in the immediate future.
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Jerrell Freman’s aura doesn’t scream someone who is coming off a franchise-record season with 203 tackles.
After a college career playing Division III football and three seasons in the Canadian Football League, Freeman raises his eyes to any question forecasting his play on the field in 2013.
“I’m just trying to make the team. That’s my mindset every year,” Freeman said earlier this week.
“It’s one of those things where I still have that DIII, Canadian over my head. I’m probably going to have that the rest of my life. I really don’t mind proving myself each and every year. That’s always going to be my mindset.”
When Pat Angerer went down during the Colts first preseason game of 2012, the question for the rest of training camp surrounded on who would fill the void in the middle of the Colts new 3-4 hybrid defensive scheme.
Freeman wasted no time answering that question, becoming the first undrafted NFL player to return an interception for a touchdown in their NFL debut when No. 50 scored on a four-yard “pick-six” against the Chicago Bears last season.
Even after a year in which Freeman started all 16 games, including leading the team in tackles the first seven weeks of the season, he had one focus this offseason.
Freeman held true to his word of returning to Mary-Hardin Baylor (Texas) in an effort to try and earn a degree in criminal justice.
“I went back to school and drove back and forth about an hour every day going up to Austin (to train) and going back to Belton, where my college was. It was a little bit of a grind but it was worth it,” Freeman said.
Over the next few weeks, Freeman will wrap up 12 final credits and before trying to ‘just make the team’ back in Indianapolis, there is a little unfinished business the Colts leading tackler will attend to down in Texas.
“I should be graduating here in May,” Freeman said. “Hopefully I can fly back and make this graduation and get my mom and dad and everybody there with all the tears and the hugs.”
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