INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Colts today announced its 2016 regular season schedule. Along with their traditional matchups against AFC South Division opponents – Houston, Jacksonville and Tennessee – the Colts will face the AFC West and NFC North Divisions. Indianapolis will also host the Pittsburgh Steelers and travel to New York to face the Jets. In total, the Colts will face six playoff teams from the 2015 season, including the defending Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos as well as Green Bay, Houston, Kansas City, Minnesota and Pittsburgh. Indianapolis will play in three primetime games in 2016. Additionally, Indianapolis will participate in the UK International Series for the first time when the Jacksonville Jaguars host the Colts at Wembley Stadium in London in Week 4.
The Colts enter the season with a 20-4 record against AFC South Division foes since 2012, which is the second-most wins within a team’s division in the NFL over that span. Indianapolis has made the playoffs three times over the last four seasons, including an appearance in the AFC Championship Game in 2014.
For the first time since 2013, the Colts will open the regular season at home when they host the Detroit Lions on Sunday, September 11 at 4:25 p.m. Indianapolis owns a 21-18-2 overall series record against Detroit and has won the last four contests. The last time the teams faced each other came on December 2, 2012 in the Motor City. On the final play of the game, Andrew Luck completed a 14-yard touchdown pass to Donnie Avery to give the Colts a 35-33 victory. Luck completed 24-of-54 passes for 391 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions while T.Y. Hilton totaled six receptions for 100 yards.
In Week 2, Indianapolis will travel to Denver to face the reigning Super Bowl Champions. The Colts trail the Broncos in the all-time series, 10-12, but have won six of the last seven matchups and are 3-7 in the Mile High City. In 2015, Indianapolis claimed a Week 9 victory over an undefeated Denver team, 27-24. The Colts defense limited the Broncos to only 35 net rushing yards, while Darius Butler and Mike Adams contributed with interceptions. Andrew Luck completed 21-of-36 passes for 252 yards and two touchdowns for a 98.4 passer rating.
The Colts will host the San Diego Chargers in Week 3 on Sunday, September 25 at 4:25 p.m. The Chargers own a 16-9 overall record against Indianapolis and are 11-3 in the Circle City. In the last matchup between the teams on October 14, 2013, the Colts lost in San Diego, 19-9. Andrew Luck completed 18-of-30 passes for 202 yards and one interception.
In Week 4, Indianapolis will participate in their first AFC South Division game of the season when the Jacksonville Jaguars host the Colts at Wembley Stadium in London as part of the UK International Series on Sunday, October 2 at 9:30 a.m. The contest will mark Indianapolis’ first time participating in the International Series and its first regular season game outside of the United States. Jacksonville will return to London for a fourth consecutive year, and has committed to playing a home game in London through 2020. This will mark the Jaguars first time playing an AFC South opponent in London. The Colts have played three preseason games abroad in Mexico City (8/19/2000 vs. Pittsburgh), Tokyo (8/6/2005 vs. Atlanta) and Toronto (8/19/2010 vs. Buffalo).
The Bears will take a short road trip south to Indianapolis to face the Colts in Week 5. The teams have squared off 41 times in the regular season with Indianapolis owning a 22-19 series lead. The last matchup between the teams came in the 2012 regular season opener when Chicago defeated the Colts in the Windy City, 41-21. Reggie Wayne led all receivers with 135 yards on nine receptions. On February 4, 2007, Indianapolis defeated Chicago 29-17 in Super Bowl XLI to capture the franchise’s fourth world championship.
In Week 6, Indianapolis will have their second AFC South Division game of the season when they travel to Houston for a Sunday Night Football matchup with the Texans on Sunday, October 16 at 8:30 p.m. The Colts are 10-4 all-time against Houston on the road with three consecutive wins. Last season, Indianapolis won a Thursday Night Football meeting at NRG Stadium in Week 5 to improve to 3-2 on the year. The win extended Indianapolis’ consecutive victory streak within the AFC South Division to 16 games, which set a new NFL record. Backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck completed 18-of-29 passes for 213 yards and two touchdowns for a 107.4 passer rating.
The Colts will have another AFC South road tilt in Week 7 as they travel to Tennessee. Indianapolis has won their last nine meetings against the Titans, including a 6-1 mark in Tennessee dating back to 2009. In 2015, Indianapolis swept the Titans for the fourth consecutive season. The Colts traveled to Nashville in Week 3 last year and defeated Tennessee, 35-33. Despite trailing 27-14 entering the fourth quarter, Andrew Luck completed 9-of-11 passes for 121 yards and two touchdowns in the final frame to lead the Colts to their first win of the season. The game marked Luck’s 13th career fourth quarter or overtime game-winning drive.
Kansas City will return to Indianapolis on Sunday, October 30 (1 p.m.) for the first time since the Colts epic comeback in the 2013 AFC Wild Card Playoffs. Down 28 points in the second half, Indianapolis recorded the second-largest comeback in NFL postseason history, defeating the Chiefs, 45-44. Andrew Luck threw for 443 yards and four touchdowns while T.Y. Hilton finished with 13 receptions for 224 yards and two touchdowns. His 13 catches tied for the second-most in an NFL postseason game and his 224 receiving yards ranked as the third-most in postseason annals. In regular season play, Indianapolis owns a 12-8 overall record (5-4 at home) against Kansas City. The last time the two teams faced off in the regular season came on December 22, 2013 when the Colts defeated the Chiefs, 23-7.
Prior to a Week 10 bye week, the Colts will travel to Green Bay for the first time since a 34-14 loss on October 19, 2008. Indianapolis owns a 21-20-1 overall record against the Packers and has won five of the last eight matchups. The most recent game between the teams came at Lucas Oil Stadium in 2012. In their first game without Head Coach Chuck Pagano, who was battling leukemia, the Colts faced a 21-3 halftime deficit. In an emotional comeback, Indianapolis regrouped in the second half and defeated Green Bay, 30-27.
In Week 11, Indianapolis will return from the bye week to host Tennessee on Sunday, November 20. The Colts own a 17-6 record against the Titans in Indianapolis and have won the last eight games at home. The two teams faced each other in Indianapolis in the regular season finale last year. Dealing with injuries at the quarterback position, Indianapolis started Josh Freeman while also playing backup Ryan Lindley. The two quarterbacks combined to complete 21-of-38 passes for 207 yards with two touchdowns and one interception to give the Colts their eighth victory of the season, 30-24.
Indianapolis will have consecutive nationally televised games in Weeks 12 and 13. On Thanksgiving night, the Colts will host the Steelers on primetime at 8:30 p.m. on NBC. The Week 12 contest will mark Indianapolis’ first Thursday night home game since 2011. The Colts own a 2-0 record in Thanksgiving Day games and most recently defeated the Atlanta Falcons, 31-13, on November 22, 2007. Indianapolis holds a 6-16 overall series record against Pittsburgh and a 4-5 mark at home. In Week 13 last season, the Colts traveled to Pittsburgh and lost, 45-10. Running back Frank Gore finished with 94 yards from scrimmage (45 rushing, 49 receiving), including a nine-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter. This will mark the third consecutive season that Indianapolis will play Pittsburgh.
In Week 13, the Colts will face the New York Jets on Monday Night Football at 8:30 p.m. for the second consecutive season. Indianapolis holds a 40-28 mark in the head-to-head series, including a 21-13 record on the road, but have lost the last three games. Last season, the Colts played the Jets in Week 2 on Monday Night Football and fell 20-7. Donte Moncrief caught seven passes for 122 yards and one touchdown.
Indianapolis will face Houston for the second time in Week 14 when they host the Texans on Sunday, December 11 at 1 p.m. The Colts own a 13-1 overall record against the Texans in Indianapolis after losing last year’s matchup, 16-10. Entering Week 15 vs. Houston in 2015, Indianapolis had a six-game winning streak against their division foe. The Colts owned a 10-3 lead at halftime, but the Texans scored 13 unanswered points in the second half to claim their first victory in Indianapolis. Mike Adams made his 100th career start and finished with seven tackles (five solo), 1.0 tackle for loss, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
In Week 15, the Colts will travel to Minnesota to face the Vikings in the new U.S. Bank Stadium, which opens this year. The contest will be Indianapolis’ first in Minnesota since an 18-15 victory on September 14, 2008. Indianapolis owns a 15-7-1 overall record against the Vikings and have won the last four matchups. In the most recent game between the teams in 2012, the Colts won, 23-20, at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The Colts longest road trip of the season will take them to the state of California on Christmas Eve in Week 16. Indianapolis will travel to Oakland for the first time since a 31-26 win on December 26, 2010. The Raiders own a 7-6 overall record against the Colts, but Indianapolis is 4-3 in Oakland. The Colts have won their last four games against the Raiders. In the most recent matchup between the teams in 2013, Indianapolis defeated Oakland, 21-17, at Lucas Oil Stadium.
On New Year’s Day, the Colts will host Jacksonville in the Week 17 regular season finale at 1 p.m. Indianapolis is 11-4 all-time against the Jaguars at home and has won the last three meetings in the Circle City. Last season, the Colts hosted the Jaguars in Week 4 and won in overtime, 16-13. The contest marked the first time the teams played each other in overtime. Adam Vinatieri converted 3-of-3 field goal attempts and one PAT for 10 points, including a 27-yard kick in overtime to increase Indianapolis’ consecutive victory streak within the AFC South Division to 15 games, which tied the former NFL record that the Colts broke later in the 2015 season.
INDIANAPOLIS COLTS 2016 SEASON SCHEDULE
Day Date Opponent Time Network
Sun. Aug. 7 *GREEN BAY 8:00 PM ESPN
Sat. Aug. 13 at Buffalo 7:00 PM FOX59
Sat. Aug. 20 BALTIMORE 7:00 PM FOX59
Sat. Aug. 27 PHILADELPHIA 7:00 PM CBS4
Thurs. Sept. 1 at Cincinnati 7:35 PM FOX59
Day Date Opponent Time Network
Sun. Sept. 11 DETROIT 4:25 PM FOX
Sun. Sept. 18 at Denver 4:25 PM CBS
Sun. Sept. 25 SAN DIEGO 4:25 PM CBS
Sun. Oct. 2 at Jacksonville (London) 9:30 AM CBS
Sun. Oct. 9 CHICAGO 1:00 PM FOX
Sun. Oct. 16 at Houston 8:30 PM NBC
Sun. Oct. 23 at Tennessee 1:00 PM CBS
Sun. Oct. 30 KANSAS CITY 1:00 PM CBS
Sun. Nov. 6 at Green Bay 4:25 PM CBS
Sun. Nov. 13 BYE WEEK
Sun. Nov. 20 TENNESSEE 1:00 PM CBS
Thurs. Nov. 24 PITTSBURGH 8:30 PM NBC
Mon. Dec. 5 at N.Y. Jets 8:30 PM ESPN
Sun. Dec. 11 HOUSTON 1:00 PM CBS
Sun. Dec. 18 at Minnesota 1:00 PM CBS
Sat. Dec. 24 at Oakland 4:05 PM CBS
Sun. Jan. 1 JACKSONVILLE 1:00 PM CBS
–All times are EASTERN—
*2016 NFL/Hall of Fame Game at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio