Colts are set up with one of the league’s easiest schedules for the 2023 season

Jan 8, 2023; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. (11)
Jan 8, 2023; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. (11) / Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

As the Indianapolis Colts try to bounce back during the 2023 NFL season, they will be doing so while playing one of the league’s easiest schedules.

The schedule for the Indianapolis Colts hasn’t officially been released yet, however, the league has already revealed who everyone will be playing. The only things that remain a mystery are the order of the games and when and what time they’ll be played. However, that’s not needed to assess strength of schedule.

Warren Sharp recently looked at the strength of schedule for all 32 teams and ranked them from easiest to toughest. To determine the strength of schedule, Sharp used projected win totals from Vegas oddsmakers. Obviously, the team whose opponents have the least projected wins has the easiest schedule, and the team whose opponents have the most projected wins has the toughest schedule.

With Sharp analyzing all of the projections, he determined that the Indianapolis Colts have the fourth-easiest schedule for the 2023 season.

Colts have fourth-easiest schedule for 2023 season

Being in the AFC South helps with having an easy schedule. The AFC South is the worst division in the league, so there’s a good chance that at least six of Indy’s games next season could be against average opponents. Further proof of that is the ranking of the other AFC South members on this list. The Houston Texans have the sixth-easiest schedule, the Tennessee Titans are one spot behind them with the seventh-easiest, and the Jacksonville Jaguars have the ninth-easiest.

The Colts will also be facing the entire NFC South, which isn’t that good of a division either. Indy does have to face the AFC North, though, which should be tough for Indianapolis.

Ultimately, it doesn’t matter how easy or tough the Colts’ schedule is next season if the team is still bad. If Indianapolis hasn’t improved the things that held it back last season, the team will continue to lose a lot of games, regardless of opponents. Indy is lucky to have an easy schedule but it still must go out and defeat opposing teams.

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