3 Colts games that should be in primetime for the 2023 NFL season

Nov 13, 2022; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Davante Adams (17) runs the
Nov 13, 2022; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Davante Adams (17) runs the / Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
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With the NFL Schedule soon to release, the Indianapolis Colts have three opponents in 2023 that they should face in a primetime game.

On Thursday, May 11, the NFL will release the 2023 NFL Schedule. Every team already knows which opponents they are facing, however, they don’t know when or at what time. That means no one knows what games will be in primetime or when the marquee matchups will be.

The Indianapolis Colts, coming off a 4-12-1 season, likely won’t have many primetime games. After an impressive 2021 season the Colts were rewarded with four primetime games in 2022, but they fumbled their year in the spotlight. Now, Indy will have to prove it deserves the big stage once again.

Although it’s unlikely that Indianapolis will have multiple primetime games (it’d be lucky to have one), there are a few opponents on Indy’s 2023 schedule with built-in storylines that can make for a good primetime matchup. Let’s take a look at three games that are deserving of a primetime slot.

3. Colts vs. Raiders: Vegas seeks revenge

Alright, it’s rare that people want to see teams that had a combined 10-23-1 record in the previous season face off against each other in primetime, but there’s some merit to wanting to see this matchup under the lights. Yes, both the Colts and the Las Vegas Raiders were extremely underwhelming last season, but their matchup from last year was entertaining, and one of the most talked about games of the season.

It was the first game of Jeff Saturday’s NFL head-coaching career, and simultaneously the game that made the Raiders hit rock bottom and brought Josh McDaniels’ head-coaching career into question. The Colts went on the road to Vegas, when everything was going wrong for Indy, and pulled off an upset over the Raiders.

The game made Las Vegas the laughingstock of the NFL. The Raiders had got beaten by an interim head coach that was on ESPN as an analyst a week prior, tweeting about how bad the Raiders were. Las Vegas should surely want some revenge.

This is by no means a Sunday Night Football game, but it could be a comical matchup for a Thursday or Monday night game.