The NFL released the preseason schedule on Thursday. Dates and times haven’t been announced, but here’s a first look at the opponents for the Indianapolis Colts:
Week 1 (Aug. 7) vs. Green Bay Packers (Hall of Fame)
Comment: This is the first of two meetings between the Colts and Packers. The two teams will meet again during the regular season in Green Bay. It’s probably fitting that Indianapolis and Green Bay are playing in this game because former Colts receiver Marvin Harrison and coach Tony Dungy and former Packers quarterback Brett Favre will be inducted into the Hall of Fame the night before the game.
Week 2 (Aug. 11-15) at Buffalo Bills
Comment: The Colts opened the 2015 season at Buffalo where the Bills beat them 27-14. This marks the eighth time that the Colts and Bills will meet in the preseason. Buffalo holds a 4-3 advantage in their preseason meetings. The Bills are coming off a season where they finished with an 8-8 record and third place in the AFC East.
Week 3 (Aug. 18-22) vs. Baltimore Ravens
Comment: The third preseason game is where teams typically play their starters into the third quarter. It’ll be interesting to see if Colts coach Chuck Pagano sticks to that approach for this game since they play five preseason games this year. New Colts defensive coordinator Ted Monachino will be facing his former team. Monachino spent the previous six seasons as linebackers coach of the Ravens. The Colts could face running back Trent Richardson, who was a disappointment in his two seasons with Indianapolis. There's been talk of the Ravens possibly signing Richardson.
Week 4 (Aug. 25-28) vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Comment: The Colts won’t have to worry about Chip Kelly and the Eagles’ fast-paced offense this year because he’s now coach of the San Francisco 49ers after being fired. Doug Pederson is the new Eagles coach. Pagano could take advantage of the extra preseason game to give his starters some extended playing time in back-to-back games.
Week 5 (Sept. 1-2) at Cincinnati Bengals
Comment: You likely won’t see Luck, T.Y. Hilton, Frank Gore, Robert Mathis or any of the other key players for the Colts in this game. The same can be said for Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton and the rest of Cincinnati's key players. This game is more of a final audition for those players trying to make the roster. The Colts and Bengals have met in the preseason every year since 2001.