The Colts face one of the league's easier schedules this season, but they must capitalize on it and beat up on their weak opponents to get back to the postseason

Week 1: Colts @ Rams

This game feels like a must win for the Colts, who have gotten off to sluggish starts in recent seasons. Going against a weak Rams team should provide a good opportunity for a defense with many new starters to build chemistry and confidence. Barring unprecedented strides from deer in the headlights Jared Goff, the Colts will win this game. Prediction: 24-14 W Record: 1-0

Week 2: Cardinals @ Colts 

Bruce Arians comes to town for the home opener, and the Cardinals will provide a stiffer test than the Rams. This is the type of the game the Colts will need to win of they want to get back to the playoff, and I think this one stays close into the fourth quarter, but I simply cannot see Chuck Pagano outcoaching Arians, and even Andrew Luck's typical late game heroics will not be enough. Prediction: 24-21 L Record: 1-1

Week 3: Browns @ Colts 

The Browns will be better than they were last season, but they still have too many issues at the quarterback position to pose a serious threat, particularly on the road, in another game that should allow the defense to flourish, the Colts will notch another win here, whether its the gutsy but mediocre Cody Kessler or turnover machine Deshone Kizer. Predicition: 31-10 W Record: 2-1

Week 4: Colts @ Seahawks

Sunday Night Football at CenturyLink Field presents the hardest game on the schedule. The crowd will be crazy in Seattle and while Andrew Luck will not be fazed, it only takes a few mistakes to be bested by the Legion of Boom, and Russell Wilson will avenge his 2013 loss to Luck in this one. Prediction: 28-17 L Record: 2-2

Week 5: 49ers @ Colts

Another rebuilding team in this one, and the Colts have to beat rebuilding teams, particularly at home. While Kyle Shanahan should take the 49ers in the right direction eventually, but Brian Hoyer is not the man who will lead the 49ers back to glory. Frank Gore will have a big day in this revenge game and the Colts will take care of business. Prediction: 27-13 W Record: 3-2

Week 6: Colts @ Titans

A massive divisional clash between the two teams I expect to be the best in the AFC South by a solid margin. Going on the road for Monday Night Football will not be easy, but Marcus Mariota has really struggled against the Colts. Both teams are going to see this as a chance for a statement win and while it could go either way, but Luck will outsduel Mariota, and the Colts revamped defensive line will contain the Titans elite running game. Prediction: 21-17 W Record: 4-2

Week 7: Jaguars @ Colts 

The Jaguars defense, with Calais Campbell in the trenches, and A.J. Buoye and Jalen Ramsey roaming in the secondary, is finally good enough to pose a threat, but as long as Blake Bortles is at quarterback, I will always choose Andrew Luck to beat him, and at home it should be a fairly easy victory. Prediction: 20-10 W Record: 5-2

Week 8: Colts @ Bengals

The Bengals are clearly entering a rebuild after going 6-10 last season and losing Andrew Whitworth and Kevin Zeitler in free agency. Road wins are never easy in the NFL and A.J. Green and John Ross will give the Colts trouble, and the Bengals matchup well with their ability to generate pressure from Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap. With the reigning division champions on tap for next week, I think the Colts get tripped up in this trap game. Prediction: 21-13 L Record: 5-3

The Colts will be on track for a 10-6 campaign after the first half, but with the Steelers looming and four divisional games to play the second half will define the season. Stay tuned for second half predictions next week.