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Colts’ 2017 opponents are now all known

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Even though the Colts won today, the fact that the Titans beat the Texans means that the Colts will finish in third place in the AFC South.

The Texans won the division at 9-7 while the Titans also finished 9-7, and then the Colts finished 8-8 and in third place, ahead of only the 3-13 Jaguars. The seeding has an impact on who the Colts will play next year, so now that we know the Colts’ final seeding we know all of their 2017 opponents.

Though the schedule won’t be released for several months, we know the teams the Colts will face at home and on the road next year.

Home: Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Denver Broncos

Away: Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Los Angeles Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Buffalo Bills

Obviously, the Colts will face each AFC South team twice like they do every year, making up six games with the home and away contests against each of the three teams. Then the Colts also play one AFC division and one NFC division each year, which are on a rotational basis each season. Next year, the Colts will face the teams from the AFC North and the NFC West, which adds eight more teams to the schedule. So that accounts for 14 of the 16 games, and the final two games are figured out by playing the team that finishes in the same spot in the standings in the other AFC divisions. So since the Colts finished third, they will face the third place team in the AFC West and the AFC East. They’ll face the third place team from the AFC West at home, and the third place team from the AFC East on the road. This year, the Broncos will finish in third place in the AFC West and the Bills will finish in third place in the AFC East, so those two teams are also going to be on the schedule.

On paper, it doesn’t look to be a crushing schedule for the Colts. A lot can change from year-to-year, but the Colts’ 2017 opponents have a win percentage of .415 this season (though not all week 17 results are final). That’s not a bad schedule, especially if the Colts can improve and build a better team. There’s still a long way to go before the Colts will actually play this schedule, but at least we now know who they’ll be facing next year.