Indianapolis Colts: Complete 2012 Schedule and Quick Hit Thoughts

Nate DunlevyGuest ColumnistApril 17, 2012

Reggie Wayne is back in blue, but will he ever get to wear that red jersey again?
Reggie Wayne is back in blue, but will he ever get to wear that red jersey again?Kent Nishimura/Getty Images

The NFL released the complete 2012 schedule for the Indianapolis Colts Tuesday night.

I'll post a game-by-game prediction for the Colts in the next few days, but here are my quick-hit thoughts.

  • Hey, We're Just Getting Started. The Colts get a Week 4 bye. That seems ridiculously early to be taking a week off. It does give Indy two weeks to prepare for the Packers, however, so if they can use it to their advantage, maybe they can keep things close for a half.
  • Reminders of What Was. The Colts play New England again in 2012, but it just won't be the same. The Colts-Patriots games have been among the most entertaining of the year for the last several seasons, but without Peyton Manning involved, the matchup lacks luster.
  • Get Comfy, Kid. The NFL did the Colts a favor by placing two of the least desirable games on their home slate early in the season. Week 2 and Week 3 games against the Vikings and Jaguars could be tough sells later in the year, as the Colts still have a few thousand tickets remaining for all games. However, enthusiasm to see Andrew Luck should still be high early in the season, so expect the Colts to keep their sell-out streak intact, at least for awhile. Meanwhile, with four home games and a bye in the first seven weeks, Andrew Luck should have plenty of time to get acclimated to his new offense in a friendly environment.


Week 1: @ Chicago

Week 2: Minnesota

Week 3: Jacksonville

Week 4 : Bye

Week 5: Green Bay

Week 6: @ New York Jets

Week 7: Cleveland

Week 8: @ Tennessee

Week 9: Miami

Week 10: @ Jacksonville (Thursday Night Football)

Week 11: @ New England

Week 12: Buffalo

Week 13: @ Detroit

Week 14: Tennessee

Week 15: @ Houston

Week 16: @ Kansas City

Week 17: Houston