Indianapolis, IN- Gear up to see the Indianapolis Colts in primetime the next several weeks. Indianapolis plays at the San Diego Chargers on Monday Night Football this week as it’s the first of three straight games in primetime.
The Colts host the Denver Broncos on Sunday Night Football next week then will travel to Reliant Stadium to take on division rival the Houston Texans in the next game. With a bye mixed in there between the Broncos and Texans, that means the Colts won’t play a game in the daylight until November 10.
That’s a very long string of games to play on primetime which if the Colts can shine could really separate them as a true contender for the Super Bowl and the next dynasty. That in turn will lead to many more primetime games.
Indianapolis lived on primetime in the Peyton Manning era. They set the record for most wins in a decade and were a Super Bowl favorite for nearly 13 straight years. That made them must see TV.
With how the Colts are winning games in the new Andrew Luck era they’re once again must see TV. They win games in dramatic fashion with most of them coming down to the wire. Luck already has nine fourth quarter comeback wins in only 21 career NFL games. Mix in the Hollywood script of their coach Chuck Pagano‘s bout with leukemia last year and how quickly this team was rebuilt following cutting one of the best players to ever play this game in Manning, and they’re a prime candidate to be the next “America’s Team.”
When Indianapolis went 2-14 in 2011 and was embarrassed on national TV three times that year including giving up 62 points to the New Orleans Saints, most thought the glamor and glory was gone as it would be a while before we saw the Colts play on primetime. Well, that’s now changed as they’re going to be a must watch team.
Eric Smith is the Colts Beat Writer for Rant Sports. He’s covered the team the past four seasons and is recognized as an accredited member of the media by the Colts. Follow him on Twitter @ericsportsguru