The Colts compiled a 5-3 road record during the 2013 regular season including standout victories over the San Francisco 49ers in Week 3 and Kansas City Chiefs on their final away game of the year. Indianapolis swept its divisional rivals for the first time since 2009 while two of the Colts’ defeats came against eventual playoff contenders with the third loss coming at the hands of a 10-win Arizona Cardinals team.
Here is a breakdown of the Colts’ non-divisional away games next year with analysis of how each team performed during the 2013 season:
Denver Broncos (13-3)
The game at Denver looks to be the Colts’ toughest matchup of the season and will mark the second meeting with former quarterback Peyton Manning in as many seasons. The Broncos suffered their first loss of 2013 at Lucas Oil Stadium, going down 39-33 to Chuck Pagano’s men in Week 7.
The Colts hold a 3-3 record against the Broncos when playing in Denver dating back to 1989 and have won the last two meetings 34-31 and 27-13 in 2006 and 2010, respectively.
Dallas Cowboys (8-8)
The Cowboys had another season to forget in 2013 and have failed to reach the playoffs in each of the past four seasons. They finished with a .500 record for a third year in a row and failed to take advantage of a relatively poor NFC East division.
Indianapolis has won only one of three games against the Cowboys in Dallas and lost 21-14 on their last visit in 2006.
Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8)
Despite almost sneaking into the sixth-seed playoff spot in the AFC conference, the Steelers had a very disappointing season and failed to record a single victory until Week 6 against the New York Jets. Having missed out on the postseason for a second-straight year, head coach Mike Tomlin has many issues to address on what has become an aging roster.
The Colts have a horrible record at Heinz Field having won a single game from a possible nine. That single win was their most recent meeting, however — a 24-20 victory during the Steelers’ 2008 Super Bowl-winning season.
New York Giants (7-9)
The Giants endured their worst season in almost a decade and have failed to reach the playoffs since their success at Super Bowl XLVI in 2011. Quarterback Eli Manning threw a league-high 27 interceptions as the team lost its opening seven games. Injuries played a major role in the Giants’ demise and Tom Coughlin will be hoping for a change of fortunes next year.
Indianapolis has travelled to East Rutherford, N.J. just three times in franchise history and hold a 2-1 record over the Giants with Peyton winning the battle of the Manning brothers in 2006.
Cleveland Browns (4-12)
As you would expect, the Browns had little to cheer about this season. They somehow managed to regress from their 5-11 campaign last year and have failed to register a winning record since 2007. The Colts will face a new head coach in Mike Pettine and will in all likelihood face a rookie quarterback as the Browns lay the Brandon Weeden experiment to rest.
The Colts have won their lost four games in Cleveland and hold a 5-2 record over their AFC rivals dating back to 1987.
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