Sure-to-go-wrong game-by-game predictions for Colts’ 2024 schedule

The full schedule is out and it’s time to give a game-by-game prediction that’s sure to go wrong for the upcoming season.
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Week 13: Indianapolis Colts (6-6) @ New England Patriots at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday, Dec. 1

These two teams met last season in Germany, and it was a snoozer as the Colts won 10-6. They are very different this time around. Richardson is back under center instead of Minshew, and Mac Jones has been traded, allowing the Patriots to begin the Drake Maye era in New England. They also have a new head coach with Jerrod Mayo and a completely new offensive scheme.

The Colts can dominate this game as the Patriots are in a rebuilding season, and they get back over .500.

Colts 41, Patriots 17

Week 14: BYE WEEK

The Colts get to rest and relax before the stretch run.

Week 15: Indianapolis Colts (7-6) @ Denver Broncos at 4:25 p.m. ET on Sunday, Dec. 15

The Colts head west for the first (and only) time this season as both teams will be coming off their bye weeks.

The Broncos have a new rookie quarterback in Bo Nix, and he will have nearly a full season under his belt at this point of the schedule. Will it matter? Maybe, but most likely not. While Sean Payton typically has his teams peaking right around now, this franchise had to reset again, getting rid of Russell Wilson and starting fresh with Nix.

The Colts are in the thick of the playoff hunt, and the Broncos are still growing. Indy gets it done on the back of Jonathan Taylor as he carries the team to victory.

Colts 31, Broncos 20

Week 16: Tennessee Titans @ Indianapolis Colts (8-6) at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday, Dec. 22

The second and final showdown between these two divisional foes is a little bit tighter and closer as the Titans have begun to figure out this new offense and have decided on which quarterback they want under center.

The Colts still sweep the Titans as they are now in full postseason mode in terms of preparation and attention to detail. The Titans show improvement from last meeting, but the Colts still come out on top as we begin to see the young receivers step up with Michael Pittman Jr. being shadowed by the Titans' star DB, L’Jarius Sneed.

Colts 23, Titans 21

Week 17: Indianapolis Colts (9-6) @ New York Giants on Sunday, Dec. 29 (time TBD)

The elements should play a big factor in this game as the Colts make their second trip to MetLife Stadium this season. The first time was under the lights against the Jets, and this game does not have a time designation yet.

The Giants have figured out their quarterback situation by now as Daniel Jones has beat out Drew Lock, and they are just on the outside looking in for the playoffs. The Colts can clinch a playoff berth and get the elusive 10th win of the season.

Indianapolis wins a tight one and clinches a playoff berth with Jonathan Taylor as the X-factor as the Colts dominate the line of scrimmage.

Colts 27, Giants 23

Week 18: Jacksonville Jaguars @ Indianapolis Colts (10-6) on Sunday, Jan. 5 (time TBD)

The Colts have clinched a playoff berth and have decided to sit their starters to keep the team fresh for the impending playoff matchup. While these two franchises always have physical games, this one is a bit less. The Jaguars are out of the playoff hunt and the Colts have clinched, so we see Joe Flacco getting his first start of the season. The Jaguars get an easy and decisive win in a meaningless game as the Colts look ahead to the postseason.

Jaguars 27, Colts 13

The Colts finish at 10-7, a one-game improvement from last season's 9-8 campaign. They head to the postseason for the first time since 2020.