Indianapolis Colts: Games After Bye Weeks Usually Bring Success

By Eric Smith
Thomas J. Russo-US PRESSWIRE

The Indianapolis Colts face a still test this Sunday when the Green Bay Packers travel to Lucas Oil Stadium to take on the Colts. On paper, this game looks to be lopsided due to the Packers having so many weapons on both sides of the ball while the Colts have so many new faces, rookies, and a new coaching staff.

Luckily, games aren’t played on paper and the Colts have had an extra week to prepare for the Packers with have their bye last week. That gives the coaching staff an extra week to prepare and gameplan for their next opponent and know literally everything the opponent will bring at them.

The players, also get some extra reps in, but due to the new CBA practice time is limited. That doesn’t stop guys from resting up and getting healthy and getting some extra personal work done to hone their skills and better prepare them for the upcoming challenge.

These weeks off usually benefit the Colts as they’ve won eight of their last 10 games after a bye week since 2002. Their only losses came in 2004 when the Jacksonville Jaguars beat the Colts 27-24 at home and last season when the Carolina Panthers came to Lucas Oil Stadium and beat the winless Colts 29-17. Other than those two games, the Colts usually are not just good, but dominant. In their eight wins, only two of them were within one possession. Five of the eight were by 13+ point margins.

I know this is a totally different team than these past Colts season, but it should be a similar result. I’m not saying the Colts are going to go out there and beat the Packers on Sunday, but it should be close down to the wire. In today’s NFL the teams are so evenly matched. When the Colts were given the gift to prepare an extra week for their toughest opponent on the schedule that’s a blessing.

We will see how well the coaching staff is at preparing on Sunday. They should know every play and tendency of the Packers better than their own players. For a team that’s so young preparation is key. By time the game starts on Sunday, they would have had 13 days to watch film and prepare for them. That could be the difference is this game on Sunday.

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