3 opponents we'd love to see the Colts play in primetime

Houston Texans v Indianapolis Colts
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The Indianapolis Colts were one of four teams that didn't receive a primetime game last year. Will that be the case again in 2024? If they do receive a primetime game, who should it come against? Let's take a look at three opponents on the Colts 2024 schedule that we'd like to see Indy square off against in a standalone game.

Houston Texans

The Colts and Texans are both members of the AFC South and will therefore play twice during the 2024 season. The two teams also both have quarterbacks who were drafted in the top five of the 2023 NFL Draft with the Colts landing Anthony Richardson and the Texans taking C.J. Stroud.

Pitting Stroud and Richardson against each other in a primetime game could be a lot of fun as both guys are entering their second year and it's always fun to see division rivals face off under the lights. The Texans also had zero primetime games last year but that won't be the case for them in 2024 after the season they had in 2023. Hopefully one of their many primetime games will come against Indy.

Pittsburgh Steelers

During the 2000s, the Colts and Steelers were two of the more successful teams in the AFC. While quite some time has passed before either team has been to a Super Bowl, the Colts and Steelers both could be sneaky-good teams in 2024.

The Colts are looking forward to the return of Richardson after his rookie season was cut short and they nearly made it to the playoffs without him. Meanwhile, the Steelers reached the postseason after an up-and-down season and added Russell Wilson and Justin Fields to their quarterback room this offseason. It could be a lot of fun pitting these two teams against each other given their previous successes and now both potential playoff contenders in 2024.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Another team from the AFC South that could make sense to put the Colts against in primetime is the Jaguars, who finished with the same record as Indy (9-8). The Jaguars were beloved entering the 2023 season after winning the division and reaching the playoffs the previous year but 2023 wasn't as kind to them.

The Jaguars should still be a decent team this year and with the entire AFC South improving, the NFL shouldn't hesitate to put a division match-up in primetime. The Texans will get plenty of primetime games so it'd make sense to pit Indy and Jacksonville against each other to give each of them at least one primetime game.