The NFL released its 2020 schedule with much fanfare last night. The league surely has contingency plans in place due to COVID-19 concerns, but until stated otherwise, a full 16-game schedule is the plan. One such rumored plan is to remove games in Weeks 3 and 4 from the schedule, as no team plays a divisional opponent in that time.
As it is currently scheduled, the Indianapolis Colts have only one primetime appearance, a Thursday Night Football game against the Tennessee Titans on November 12. Other games may be flexed into primetime later on, but a 7-9 team from a smaller market usually warrants less interest on a national scale.
The Colts are in a good position to make a run, as this appears to be one of the league’s easier schedules on paper. Of course, teams that went 2-14 last year are not destined to go 2-14 this year, which can change the level of difficulty in a hurry. Here is the team’s schedule at a glance.
Indianapolis Colts Schedule
|1||at Jacksonville Jaguars||1:00 PM|
|2||vs Minnesota Vikings||1:00 PM|
|3||vs New York Jets||4:05 PM|
|4||at Chicago Bears||1:00 PM|
|5||at Cleveland Browns||4:25 PM|
|6||vs Cincinnati Bengals||1:00 PM|
|8||at Detroit Lions||1:00 PM|
|9||vs Baltimore Ravens||1:00 PM|
|10||at Tennessee Titans||8:20 PM (TNF)|
|11||vs Green Bay Packers||1:00 PM|
|12||vs Tennessee Titans||1:00 PM|
|13||at Houston Texans||1:00 PM|
|14||at Las Vegas Raiders||4:05 PM|
|15||vs Houston Texans||TBD|
|16||at Pittsburgh Steelers||1:00 PM|
|17||vs Jacksonville Jaguars||1:00 PM|
Indianapolis once again finishes the season against Jacksonville, who has proven to be a thorn in the Colts’ side. Week 15’s tilt against Houston is listed as “to be determined” because the teams may face off on Saturday, December 19 or Sunday, December 20. The final six games are all against AFC playoff contenders or AFC South opponents, which will require a strong push to close out the 2020 season.
With a new quarterback in Philip Rivers and a new defensive stalwart in DeForest Buckner, the Colts are primed to return to the playoffs this season. A relatively manageable 2020 schedule will help get them there.