Last week, the NFL announced the 2015 preseason schedule, and that was just a brief glimpse of what will happen within the next few weeks as they announce the regular season schedule. According to Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio, the date of that announcement is currently planned for Thursday, April 23. Florio notes that this date could change but that, according to a source, that's the date it's currently planned for.
We've known the opponents for each team, including the Indianapolis Colts, for months, but we have yet to find out when those games will be taking place and what games will be televised nationally on primetime. Those details and more will be released soon enough, and it could very well be next Thursday.
For now, here's the list of the Colts' 2015 opponents:
|Houston Texans||Houston Texans|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||Jacksonville Jaguars|
|Denver Broncos||Buffalo Bills|
|New England Patriots||Miami Dolphins|
|New York Jets||Atlanta Falcons|
|New Orleans Saints||Carolina Panthers|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||
The team will face the other three AFC South teams twice a year, like normal, and will also play the NFC South and AFC East divisions. Since the Colts won their division last year, they'll also play the division champion from each other AFC conference, which includes the Denver Broncos (AFC West), Pittsburgh Steelers (AFC North), and New England Patriots (AFC East - already on the schedule due to the Colts playing that division).
What will perhaps be the most interesting thing to see when the schedule is released is which games for the Colts will be on primetime. After an 11-5 season that saw the Colts boast a prolific offense, win two playoff games, and make the AFC Championship game, it's expected that the Colts will have the maximum number of primetime games allotted, and there are a number of notable matchups to consider, such as the Patriots, Broncos, Saints, Steelers, and others.
One thing we do know about the schedule, however: the Colts won't be facing the Patriots in week one. New England will open at home since they are the defending Super Bowl champions, and the Colts play them at Lucas Oil Stadium in 2015. So we know that it won't be Colts vs. Patriots in week one. But other than that? It's all a guess right now, but that likely won't remain the case for long, as according to PFT the schedule is currently set to be released next Thursday.