In a prior article, I wrote that I project the Colts to go 5-3 in the first half, with a game against J.J Watt and the AFC South champions looming. With that said, let's get started.
Week 9: Colts @ Texans
I am very low on the Texans this season, as they were one of the league's luckiest teams. They were outscored over the course of the season but managed to eek out a 9-7 record. That will not continue and Deshaun Watson is not going to save them. He has not even put the lowly Tom Savage in his rearview mirror (yet). A healthy J.J. Watt will keep the defense looking scary but a weak offensive line will keep this team from winning the AFC South again. I see the Colts revamped defensive line having a field day and causing whoever is playing quarterback serious problems. Prediction:17-7 W Record:6-3
Week 10: Steelers @ Colts
This game will prove to be the hardest home game the Colts will play all season, with the Steelers high powered offense led by Antonio Brown and Le'veon Bell coming to town. Winning in the NFL on the road is challenging, but the veteran duo of Brown and Ben Roethlisberger should be able to take advantage of a talented but inexperienced Colts secondary. Prediction: 31-20 L Record: 6-4
Week 11: BYE
The Colts will get a chance to rest up before the homestretch, with a game against the Titans that could prove vital in the division race next.
Week 12: Titans @ Colts
I think the Titans are going to be a very good team this season and have a very bright future. But if the Colts are actually any good (I think barring injuries they should be) they will win a home game after a bye week. Andrew Luck will get the better of a soft Titans secondary and the Colts will complete the sweep of the Titans. Prediction: 28-20 W Record: 7-4
Week 13: Colts @ Jaguars
Road games can never be taken for granted but the Jaguars home field advantage is a fairly weak one. Leonard Fournette and Jalen Ramsey are pieces that can be built around, but not with Blake Bortles running the show. The ballhawking safety tandem led by Malik Hooker should have their way in this one. Prediction: 21-10 W Record: 8-4
Week 14: Colts @ Bills: Playing in Buffalo in December will likely be a challenge for players used the dome at Lucas Oil Stadium. Despite Tyrod Taylor's shortcomings, LeSean McCoy and a healthy Sammy Watkins, along with savvy rookie slot receiver Zay Jones will allow the offense to do just enough to beat a worn down Colts squad that will be on the road for the second consecutive week. Prediction: 14-10 L Record: 8-5
Week 15: Broncos @ Colts
The menacing Denver defense led by Von Miller and the No Fly Zone of Chris Harris and Aqib Talib comes to Lucas Oil for Thursday Night Football. The crowd will be rowdy against Peyton Manning's former squad but on a short week I do not think the offense will be adequately prepared for the league's best defense. Prediction: 20-13 L Record: 8-6
Week 16: Colts @ Ravens
The Ravens have already been ravaged by injuries and a Joe Flacco led offense with little in the way of weapons should be a good way for the Colts to get back on track.Barring a big game from declining skill players such as Mike Wallace and Jeremy Maclin, the Ravens will really struggle to score and the Colts will notch a big road win. Prediction: 24-13 W Record: 9-6
Week 17: Texans @ Colts
The division may well be up for grabs heading into the finale, and it is certainly possible this game will decide it. Call me biased, but I am not going to pick Tom Savage or Deshaun Watson to beat Andrew Luck at his house in the season finale. Luck's late game heroics will get the Colts the win and hopefully a playoff birth. Prediction:24-21 W Record: 10-6
Ideally, 10-6 will be good enough to win the AFC South and secure a home playoff game, which the Colts could win. But, being realistic, this team is still a year or two away from winning at Heinz Field or Gillete Stadium and would likely fizzle out in the divisional round, but if the Colts go that far, Chris Ballard's rebuild is ahead of where it was expected to be and Colts fans should be very happy.