Week 9 – Colts at Packers
Luckily for the Colts they’ll get to face the Packers in Green Bay before the weather really turns. Unfortunately Aaron Rodgers is still the quarterback. These teams last met in 2012 just weeks after Chuck Pagano was diagnosed with Leukemia. That game featured a huge rally and Reggie Wayne putting in a heroic effort to send the Packers home with a loss.
The Packers will get Jordy Nelson back, and with him their offense will probably be the best in the NFL. Playing in Green Bay is a tough out for even the best of teams, and right now the Colts don’t have the defense to pull off this kind of road upset. That might change in the coming months though.
Week 10 – BYE
Week 11 – Titans at Colts
We’ve already covered the Titans. If they are going to steal one from the Colts, it will be at home after the Colts have a hard fought road game against the Texans. With the Bye Week, the Colts should enter this game fresh and ready to play.
It is a bit of a trap game though with the Bye and the Steelers coming to town on a short week a few days later.
Week 12 – Steelers at Colts
The Steelers have obliterated the Colts in their past two meetings by a combined score of 96-44. Both of those games were in Pittsburgh, but it hardly would have mattered where they were held. The core trio of Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, and Le’Veon Bell are all back and even though Bell is recovering from a knee injury, he’ll likely be back to his old self by this point in the year.
The Steelers finished last year at 10-6, and really only lost in the playoffs because Bell and Brown were out and Big Ben was more toradol than man. Between this game, and three tough road games could have the Colts going 3-4 over the final seven games of the season. The only advantage the Colts really have in this game is that they’re at home on a short week.
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