In NFL it doesn’t matter that you know your teams’ next year opponents as soon as the season’s done; there’s still plenty of craze going around when the announcement of announcement of when the schedule is going to be revealed gets announced.
There’s still plenty of craze and anticipation, probably due to the off season boring days. So, here we are. Few days after the schedule dropped I decided first time ever to do like a very pre mature projection for how the season evolves. I mean it’s very premature given I don’t have an idea of what any starting line up might look but hey, you live only once! So there.
For those interested how the schedule gets to become an official living thing, please do check Peter King’s feature at MMQB. I like plenty of his insightful articles and this one belongs in the category of strange things about such silly matters.
For those less interested, the NFL computers are getting better at spitting the schedules out and this season’s schedule was the 43066th presented one, that the team finally approved.
Anyway. Back to my stuff.
- Game 1- vs Lions; excitement level: 9; interest level: 4
The excitement level can’t be 10 coz the opponents are Lions but it also can’t be 8 or lower because it’s an opener. So there. I dont think this game has enough highlight in it for me to be interesting except the fact it’s the Colts and it’s the first game of the season.
Colts win 28-10
- Game 2- at Denver; excitement level: 9; interest level 9
If certain Manning was still playing the excitement and interest levels would be higher but since that little twist to story had gone, the game can’t get top marks. It’s going to be really good to see how the offense can handle Denver’s D (not as furious as the last season’s one) and how Luck can adjust to funky blitzes and pass rush.
Colts to win 21-18 (he’s crazy!!!)
- Game 3- vs Chargers; excitement level: 5; interest level: 5
Philip Rivers is a great quarterback but rest of the Chargers squad really lacks in the wow factor for me. If my predictions are right the Colts will be high off the win over the Broncos and it should be a game where the offense could catch a right wing under its sails.
Colts to win 35-14
- Game 4- “at” Jaguars; excitement level: 10; interest level: 10 (only because the game is played like an hour away from me, and I hope to go there- otherwise the scores would be around 6).
Given the effort the Jaguars put into slowly assembling a young and explosive team, this game might be a great indication of how the AFC South is. The only problem, since the game is played in London, the atmosphere is neither homely or guestly for either team, so these games sometimes end up quirky. Initially I had Colts to loose but then I slept on it.
Colts to win 24-20
- Game 5- vs Bears; excitement level: 7; interest level: 7.
There’s just something about Jay Cutler that just makes the Bears team worth watching occasionally. Not sure how the Bears are going to be but I think it’s going to be a good game for Colts against a hopeful play off team. Since Colts elected not to have a bye after London game, they’re going to be on a shorter week but as some people stated, coming back from West Coast can be more time taxing than returning from the queen’s land, hence the bye moved to later and Bears in week five.
Colts to win 33-21
- Game 6- at Texans; excitement level: 4; interest level: 7
Games against Houston are always important and there’s some action going on, named J. J. Watt but overall most of the battles between these two teams tend to be fairly boring or really hard to watch (last season’s crazy loss, a great example). Given the front 7 on Houston D, it is still going to be an interesting watch and good test of pass protection.
Colts to win 31-21
- Game 7- at Titans; excitement level: 3; interest level: 5.
No disrespect to anyone but besides Mariota, I can’t think of any other player name I’d be familiar with on Titans roster. Since it is divisional game it will be of significance but I doubt it’ll be so crazily packed with action as last season’s first win and cool comeback delivered by momentarily capable Luck.
Colts to win 44-14
- Game 8- vs Chiefs; excitement level: 7; interest level: 8
That epic comeback from playoffs in 2014 was something strange and out of this world. Firstly, Luck dug up a huge whole and then once they all fell into it, he just lifted them up on his shoulders for a tiniest margin win and that fumble recovered by him, turned touchdown was just something else.
And this match up could be something, with the Chiefs riding all high in second part of the season, with Smith, getting so much effective and some fierce defence, this match up might prove pivotal.
Colts to lose 24-38
- Game 9- at Packers; excitement level: 10; interest level: 10
I can already see the headlines. The hype. The comparisons, stories, expectations and all sorts of stuff for this Luck vs Rodgers II rematch (well, the Hall of Fame game from pre season will only wet our appetites I suppose).
I’m surprised this game isn’t in prime time but 4pm est works great for me and it’s going to be great to see how Colts D looks against elite quarterbacking and how Luck adjusts to somehow, strangely played defense in Green Bay.
Colts to lose 18-32
Great bye timing, just in right spot for some wound licking.
- Game 10- vs Titans; excitement level: 4; interest level: 6.
The scores go up a bit only because of the expected two lost games and how the team responds to these mishaps and a bye week making the need for seeing your team that bit more important. I can’t really see much excitement there once they get going but still, the state of NFL is what it is and some match ups are just down boring.
Colts to win 47-11
- Game 11- vs Steelers; excitement level: 9; interest level: 10
I think the only thing stopping me from wetting my pants with total euphoria are the recent match ups between these two teams and Colts taking beating like no one business. Given it’s Thanksgiving feature, means I’ll be tired after watching the boring NFC match ups, I’ll be hoping for both offenses to explode from the get go and give all the Americans proper turkey burps and farts.
Big Ben vs Luck comparisons and all the hype will be great for the holidays spirit (not in our household though), but it’s going to be a tough one as it’ll only involve 4 days break.
Colts to lose 44-47
- Game 12- at Jets; excitement level: 6; interest level: 6
It’s hard at the minute to see where the Jets are going with Fitzpatrick so it is going to be hard to see how this game pans out. It’s going to be a good chance to recover some of the last season’s lost reputation as the 2nd game of 2015 was so winnable, despite obvious struggles of already(?) injured Luck. Although I struggle to see that Monday night match up to be electrifying.
Colts to win 17-9
– Game 13- vs Texans; excitement level: 4; interest level: 8
I mean, it’s Houston but given end of the season looming around us and perhaps few more loses than in my prediction and this game could turn into repeat of 2015’s division clencher. It’s going to be a good watch if Colt’s season goes bad (but then, the overall interest and hope for Super Bowl appearance will be low already) but if Colts are on target it is going to be just another game to get thru.
Colts to win 33-17
- Game 14- at Vikings; excitement level : 5; interest level: 7
The Vikings are on the up and with young quarterback and veteran running back and winter upon us this game could turn into a slug fest of defensive showdown, and a good practice for possible deep run into playoffs. I haven’t seen much of Vikings but this game could be either a good afternoon with some crisps or a long evening with some chewy stuff.
Colts to win 17-13
- Game 15- at Raiders; excitement level: 8; interest level: 8
I like Raiders. Carr seems to be developing into a solid quarterback, Amaro could have an explosive season where he breaks on big stage with plenty of impact. The defense looks ok, especially the pass rush so, despite the late time in season it could well turn into gunslinging session of pass rushers avoidance and the time of 4pm is great for me too.
Colts to lose 33-28
- Game 16- vs Jaguars; excitement level: 5, interest level: 6
Barring some crazy series of events and Jaguars actually turning world upside down, this game will be probably a game just to see it through with the least effort to grab a win. It’s gonna to be interesting to see how the Jaguars evolve with all the recent free agent additions along the draft but the game itself won’t be setting the world on fire. Especially given its going to be New Years Day.
Colts to win 22-10.
Here. I’m done with my first projection of a team’s future season. I know 12-4 looks optymistic but the Colts really gotta pull their fingers out and start delivering results, otherwise best years of Luck career will be just a wasted effort for everyone involved.
Oh! And no match up with New England. At least one season without all the ugly headlines and build up for playoffs.