INDIANAPOLIS -- Tonight was the official release of the 2015-2016 regular season schedules for all NFL teams. For the Colts, they have five prime time matchups, which is the maximum amount that they're allowed to have. There are a lot of great matchups and storylines from this upcoming schedule, it should be a very eventful and entertaining season for the Colts.
It's too early to predict wins and losses, but ESPN's strength to schedule rankings helped fans make way too early win-loss predictions. According to ESPN, the Colts have the second easiest schedule based off of their opponent's 2014-2015 total winning percentage. Of course that is going to look "easier" when you have the two worst divisions from last year on your schedule (AFC South & NFC South).
Basing a team's schedule on the "strength-of-schedule" analytics doesn't factor in free agency acquisitions, free agency departures, trades, releases, draft picks, chemistry, momentum, fatigue, injuries, travel, basically all of the unmeasurable variables, so it is not necessarily the best way to go for the NFL in this writer's opinion. There is still a lot of time for teams to improve, so don't plan a Super Bowl celebration just yet.
2015-2016 Indianapolis Colts Schedule:
Week 1: @ Buffalo Bills - 9/13 (1:00 PM ET)
Week 2: - New York Jets - 9/21 (8:30 PM ET)
Week 3: @ Tennessee Titans - 9/27 (1:00 PM ET)
Week 4: - Jacksonville Jaguars - 10/4 (1:00 PM ET)
Week 5: @ Houston Texans - 10/8 (8:25 PM ET)
Week 6: - New England Patriots - 10/18 (8:30 PM ET)
Week 7: - New Orleans Saints - 10/25 (1:00 PM ET)
Week 8: @ Carolina Panthers - 11/02 (8:30 PM ET)
Week 9: - Denver Broncos - 11/8 (4:25 PM ET)
Week 10: BYE WEEK
Week 11: @ Atlanta Falcons - 11/22 (1:00 PM ET)
Week 12: - Tampa Bay Buccaneers - 11/29 (1:00 PM ET)
Week 13: @ Pittsburgh Steelers - 12/6 (8:30 PM ET)
Week 14: @ Jacksonville Jaguars - 12/13 (1:00 PM ET)
Week 15: - Houston Texans - 12/20 (1:00 PM ET)
Week 16: @ Miami Dolphins - 12/27 (1:00 PM ET)
Week 17: - Tennessee Titans - 1/3 - (1:00 PM ET)