3 key takeaways from the Colts’ 2022 schedule
The Indianapolis Colts unveiled their 2022 regular season schedule last week.
The program reveals interesting and juicy stories for the Horseshoe this season.
Let’s dive deeper into three key points of the Colts’ 2022 schedule.
3. Indy has an opportunity to build early season momentum
The Colts started and ended last season with a thud.
Indy lost four of its first five games before crashing and burning at the end of the season against the Las Vegas Raiders and – of all teams – the Jacksonville Jaguars 3-14.
Consequently, the Colts pulled out of the playoffs with a 9-8 win-loss record.
This time around, Indianapolis has the opportunity to start the 2022 NFL campaign on a high — the Colts face the Houston Texans in Week 1 and the Jaguars in Week 2.
If the Colts somehow lose both games, they will head into Weeks 3 and 4 against Patrick Mahomes’ Kansas City Chiefs and their AFC South division rivals, the Tennessee Titans, with the possibility of starting the 2022 campaign with a 0-4 win-loss. brand.
This shouldn’t happen.
Indy is not expected to let his guard down against the Texans and Jaguars in the first two weeks of the regular season lest he sink into a deep hole just four weeks into the season.
2. Exciting revenge games on tap
Indy has a rematch in mind in the 2022 NFL season.
It’s payback time for the Colts, who want nothing less than a regular-season sweep of the Jaguars (who they’ll face in Weeks 2 and 6) – the team that ended their hopes. in the playoffs last year – in 2022.
For his part, new Washington Commanders quarterback Carson Wentz wants nothing more than a win against his former team, the Colts, in Week 8.
On the other hand, the Colts want a rematch against their old nemesis, the New England Patriots, in Week 9.
Indy has lost six straight at Gillette Stadium with nearly 20 points per game since 2006.
The Colts have a good opportunity to end that questionable streak in Week 9 this year.
Indy will face Derek Carr’s Raiders for the second consecutive season.
That heartbreaking 23-20 loss in Week 17 last season is still cringing – the Colts will have their chance at redemption in Las Vegas in Week 10.
By the way, this is a date that the Colts’ new defensive end, Yannick Ngakoue, has marked on his calendar.
Ngakoue’s tenure in Las Vegas ended on a sour note after the Raiders traded him for defensive end Rock Ya-Sin two months ago.
There’s no doubt that Ngakoue has a rematch in mind when his Colts take on the Raiders in Week 10.
1. The Colts need to end their season finale Bye Jinx
The Colts will have their bye week in Week 14 for the second consecutive season.
It looked like Indy was going to finish last season strong after its bye week.
Unfortunately, the opposite scenario unfolded.
The Colts will face the Minnesota Vikings, Los Angeles Chargers, New York Giants and Texans in the final month of the 2022 NFL season.
These four teams have averaged six wins combined in 2021.
Of those four teams, only the Chargers pose a real threat with quarterback Justin Herbert and newly acquired Khalil Mack in the fold.
Hopefully Frank Reich and co. learned from the painful end of their 2021 season and regain playoff contender status once again.