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The Colts' 2016 regular season schedule will be released tonight at 8:00, so we've got everything you need to know to get you ready for it.

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Though we've known the Colts' 2016 opponents for a while, we will soon know the exact schedule.  The NFL recently finished up the 2016 schedule and will announce it tonight, April 14, at 8:00 p.m. ET.

We'll have the schedule for you right here on Stampede Blue as soon as it hits, but as we anticipate the release tonight, we've gathered all of the relevant information into one place for you to prepare for the Colts' schedule unveiling.

Firstly, we already have one game locked into the schedule.  The Colts will play a road game in London against the Jacksonville Jaguars in week four, on Sunday, October 2.  The timing of that game hasn't been announced yet, but it very well could be a morning game in the eastern time zone.  Also, it is typical for teams playing in London to have their bye week the week after their London game, so it's very possible (and, in fact, likely) that the Colts will have their bye week in week five this year, giving them an early bye.  Again, we don't know that for sure, but we do know for sure that the Colts will be playing the Jaguars in London in week four.

Additionally, while we don't yet know when the other games will be played, we do know the Colts' 2016 opponents.  These are the teams the Colts will face, and tonight's schedule will tell us when those games will take place.  Here's the team's opponents for next season:

HOME: Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, San Diego Chargers, Kansas City Chiefs, Pittsburgh Steelers

AWAY: Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, New York Jets

In terms of strength of schedule, the Colts rank 22nd in the NFL with a strength of schedule of .477 when using last year's records.  Obviously, some teams will be improved this year while others could be worse, so it's hard to tell exactly how tough this schedule will be right now.  But based on last year's records, it seems like the Colts are in the middle of the pack when in comparison to the rest of the league.

One of the biggest questions with the schedule release is how many primetime games the Colts will have, as there are several very intriguing matchups.  The Colts will travel to Lambeau Field for the first time in the Andrew Luck era to take on Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, which could very well make it to primetime.  Other matchups, such as with the Broncos (could that be the opener?) or Steelers, could be a night game as well, and then the AFC South games are always options, too (normally for Thursday Night Football).  Heck, even the matchup against the Raiders should be interesting, as watching Derek Carr and the Raiders go up against Andrew Luck and the Colts should be fun.  In short, there are a lot of candidates for primetime games, but we'll have to wait and see.

We do know the Colts' preseason schedule already, and if that interests you, here it is:

Hall of Fame game - vs. Green Bay Packers (Canton, Ohio) - Sunday, August 7, 8:00 p.m.

week 1 - at Buffalo Bills - Saturday, August 13, 7:00 p.m.

week 2 - vs. Baltimore Ravens - Saturday, August 20, 7:00 p.m.

week 3 - vs. Philadelphia Eagles - Saturday, August 27, 7:00 p.m.

week 4 - at Cincinnati Bengals - Thursday, September 1: 7:00 p.m.

Again, the schedule will be released at 8:00 p.m. tonight, and we'll have it for you right here, so be sure to stay tuned.