The Colts should’ve been a playoff team last season, that much is true. They were right on the doorstep of another postseason appearance — a victory against the lowly Jaguars in Week 18 would’ve sent them through.
Instead, they flopped. Indianapolis lost to Jacksonville 26-11. Quarterback Carson Wentz was poor, failing to reach the 200 passing yards against a porous Jags defense.
Now, Wentz is gone. In his stead is Matt Ryan, a one-time NFL MVP who is clearly past his prime but still appears to have a lot to offer. The Colts also have first-team All-Pro running back Jonathan Taylor.
So, what does that mean for Indianapolis’ chances in 2022? Well, not much. The Colts play in the AFC South, perhaps the NFL’s worst division. They’ll play the Jags and the Texans twice each; that should be four wins, if they play their cards right.
Is Indy one of the league’s true elites? That remains to be seen, but with a fairly reasonable slate ahead, it should have enough to compete for a playoff spot this year.
Here is a complete breakdown of the Colts’ 2022 schedule, including dates, start times and analysis for all 17 games.
Indianapolis Colts schedule 2022
The Colts’ schedule will be unveiled as part of the NFL’s schedule release on Thursday, May 12.
- Home: Chargers, Commanders, Eagles, Steelers, Chiefs, Titans, Texans, Jaguars
- Away: Broncos, Raiders, Patriots, Giants, Cowboys, Vikings, Titans, Texans, Jaguars
|1||Sept. 11||at Texans||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|2||Sept. 18||at Jaguars||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|3||Sept. 25||vs. Chiefs||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|4||Oct. 2||vs. Titans||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|5||Oct. 6 (TNF)||at Broncos||8:15 p.m. ET||Amazon Prime (Stream)|
|6||Oct. 16||vs. Jaguars||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|7||Oct. 23||at Titans||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|8||Oct. 30||vs. Commanders||4:25 p.m. ET||Fox|
|9||Nov. 6||at Patriots||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|10||Nov. 13||at Raiders||4 p.m. ET||CBS|
|11||Nov. 20||vs. Eagles||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|12||Nov. 28 (MNF)||vs. Steelers||8:15 p.m. ET||ESPN|
|13||Dec. 4 (SNF)||at Cowboys||8:20 p.m. ET||NBC|
|15||Dec. 17 OR Dec. 18||at Vikings||TBD||TBD|
|16||Dec. 26 (MNF)||vs. Chargers||8:15 p.m. ET||ESPN|
|17||Jan. 1||at Giants||1 p.m. ET||CBS|
|18||Jan. 7 OR Jan. 8||vs. Texans||TBD||TBD|
Seven of the teams the Colts will face in 2022 reached the playoffs in 2021; however, just two of them advanced beyond the first round in the Chiefs and Titans. They’ll face the Chiefs, Eagles and Steelers at home and the Raiders, Patriots and Cowboys on the road.
Colts strength of schedule
The Colts’ 2022 opponents went a combined 135-153-1, a .469 winning percentage that is tied for 26th-strongest in the NFL.
Toughest tests: That road schedule could prove a bit daunting for Frank Reich’s squad. The Patriots, Cowboys, Raiders and Titans look poised to be among the best teams in the NFL this coming season.
Indianapolis’ home slate looks more promising. If healthy, the Chiefs are an impressive bunch, but the remaining teams coming to Lucas Oil Stadium should represent a bit of a reprieve.
Biggest breaks: All in all, Indianapolis has a pretty favorable schedule. The Texans, Jaguars, Giants and Steelers look primed to be among the league’s bottom feeders in 2022.
Bottom line: The Colts look to be in a decent position to improve upon their 2021 record. Their schedule is fairly reasonable. They have one of the best players in the league in Jonathan Taylor. Health permitting, he should be able to shoulder the load on offense.
But it’s not just Taylor. In Ryan, the Colts now have one of the most consistent quarterbacks of the past two decades, a player capable of taking a team far into the postseason.
Indy’s biggest strength entering the year may be its continuity. The Titans are shrouded in mystery. They traded away their No. 1 wide receiver, A.J. Brown, during the NFL Draft. Their best player, Derrick Henry, is coming off a season-altering injury. Meanwhile, the fabric of the Colts’ offense, Taylor, remains the same.
The Colts and Titans should compete for the AFC South crown. And although they might not have quite the depth that Tennessee has, a wild-card appearance seems very possible for Indy, a welcome sight for a side that finished one game out of the playoffs last year.
Record prediction: 9-8