Quantcast
X

Have feedback / suggestions? Let us know!

NFL Indianapolis Colts

The Indianapolis Colts’ 5 Biggest Games of 2014

The Indianapolis Colts' 5 Biggest Games of 2014

T.Y. Hilton
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Can the Indianapolis Colts emerge as a legitimate Super Bowl contender in 2014? It certainly won't be easy, but several golden opportunities to show they're just that await on the recently released schedule. Here are the Colts' five biggest games of 2014.

5. Week 4: vs. Tennessee Titans

Andrew Luck
Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports

5. Week 4: vs. Tennessee Titans

Andrew Luck
Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports

The Colts might play in a weak division, but division games are still crucial. The Titans were 7-9 a year ago and could become legitimate competition with better quarterback play. Indianapolis should seek to send a statement to the AFC South in this early-season game, showing the division why they will dominate it once again.

4. Week 8: at Pittsburgh Steelers

Reggie Wayne
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

4. Week 8: at Pittsburgh Steelers

Reggie Wayne
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

This Week 8 matchup pairs the Colts with a franchise that underwhelmed in 2013, but is too talented not to bounce back this coming season. Heinz Field is one of the toughest places to play in football. If the Colts can pick up a road win against Ben Roethlisberger and company, it could go a long way in competing for a first-round bye come playoff time.

3. Week 7: vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Jermaine Gresham
Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

3. Week 7: vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Jermaine Gresham
Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

The week before the Colts travel to Pittsburgh, the Bengals, one of the AFC's better teams a year ago, come to town. Andy Dalton's struggles in Cincinnati's first-round playoff loss have consequently led to some doubt about the Bengals' ability to defend their AFC North title in 2014. But Marvin Lewis' club is one of the most complete teams in football. Beating the Bengals would be the definition of a quality win.

2. Week 1: at Denver Broncos

Peyton Manning
Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

2. Week 1: at Denver Broncos

Peyton Manning
Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

It's only Week 1, but the Colts will have a great opportunity to showcase why they are a true Super Bowl contender on the road, on Sunday Night Football against the Denver Broncos. Oh yeah, it's Peyton Manning versus the team he shattered records, won a Super Bowl and essentially built a new stadium for.

1. Week 11: vs. New England Patriots

Tom Brady and Andrew Luck
Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

1. Week 11: vs. New England Patriots

Tom Brady and Andrew Luck
Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

The Colts lost in Foxborough back in January with a trip to the AFC Championship Game on the line. And they lost convincingly. Week 11 will offer a chance for redemption. Beating the Patriots on Sunday Night Football would also go a long way in proving to the league that the Colts are capable of raising the Lombardi Trophy in February.