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Posted by craigkelleycolts on April 19, 2013 – 9:43 am

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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