By Cody Strahm @CodyJStrahm on April 25, 2014
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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