Indy Football Report Editor John Oehser is taking a look at the Colts’ 2010 regular-season schedule on a game-by-game basis. Here’s a quick look at Week 3.
at Denver Broncos
With rare exceptions, the Indianapolis Colts have been hot, hot, hot starters in recent seasons, and if the Colts win their first two games of the season in 2010 – as we’ve predicted they will – history says a streak likely will follow.
The schedule sets up that way, too.
It also sets up so that the Colts could need that hot start, because the schedule gets rough – really, really rough – after the midway point. Because of that, a game at Denver comes at a good time for the Colts.
While the Broncos have played the Colts tough at times through the last decade, Indianapolis generally has fared well against Denver, winning every game with playoff implications between the teams since losing in Indianapolis in December 2003.
In 2008, the Broncos traveled to Indianapolis with an 8-4 record, having started the season 6-0 as one of the league’s surprise team. The Colts won that December 13 game, 28-16, and the Broncos didn’t win again.
In the off-season, the Broncos traded perhaps their best player, wide receiver Brandon Marshall, to the Miami Dolphins, and while another hot start is possible, it doesn’t seem likely they can beat an Indianapolis team that has started at least 5-0 five times in seven seasons.
Prediction: Colts 24, Broncos 20.
BREAKING DOWN THE 2010 COLTS SCHEDULE
Week 1 | at Houston Texans
Week 2 | New York Giants
Week 3 | at Denver Broncos
Week 4 | at Jacksonville Jaguars
Week 5 | Kansas City Chiefs
Week 6 | at Washington Redskins
Week 8 | Houston Texans
Week 9 | at Philadelphia Eagles
Week 10 | Cincinnati Bengals
Week 11 | at New England Patriots
Week 12 | San Diego Chargers
Week 13 | Dallas Cowboys
Week 14 | at Tennessee Titans
Week 15 | Jacksonville Jaguars
Week 16 | at Oakland Raiders
Week 17 | Tennessee Titans