I'd imagine that, right now, the last thing any of you want to think about is next year. So, we're just going to toss this little bit of news up, and leave it be.
The NFL has released the 2013 regular season opponents for teams, including the Indianapolis Colts.
For intra-conference opponents (the conference being the AFC), the Colts will face the AFC West. For inter-confernece opponents (the conference being the NFC), the Colts will face the NFC West.
This means that, next year, the Colts will likely face the two quarterbacks that came before Andrew Luck:
- Peyton Manning, who is currently the quarterback of the Denver Broncos
- Jim Harbaugh, who is currently the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers
Manning was the field general in Indianapolis from 1998-2010. He missed the entire 2011 season with a neck injury. From 1994-1997, Jim Harbaugh was the Colts' man-under-center. He went into coaching and, eventually, landed at Stanford where he recruited, among others, Andrew Luck and Coby Fleener.
How 'bout that?
Unfortunately, Harbaugh won't be making a return to Indianapolis in the regular season. Here's how the home and away games breakdown:
Yes, you read the home games currently. If Peyton Manning is still Denver's QB in 2013 (and there is no reason for him not to be), that means Peyton will be coming back to Indy next season to play the Colts.
Oh, to be a ticket scalper for that game!