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We have to play the chiefs, chargers, saints, and steelers at their place. That doesn't even count the division. The last away game is vs the bucs, but the last time we played a bruce arains led team, we got killed. We're gonna have to be really good at home.

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We are going to have to improve a ton to end up back in the playoffs with the schedule next year. There is no room for error at home or against teams we should beat.  It will be interesting to see when these games are scheduled. Hopefully those road games are stretched out.

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And ????? …………. My buddy (Giants fan ) ALWAYS complains after his Giants go to the playoffs and then gets a tougher schedule the following season …...Well hey just like the team with the worst record gets the first pick in the draft ( which is proper ) it is also proper that we get a tough schedule next season …..WHY ? …….Because we made the playoffs . So I guess we can't complain .

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You never know who is going to be good and who will take a step back until the season unfolds.

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Just now, Boiler_Colt said:

You never know who is going to be good and who will take a step back until the season unfolds.

 

True, but the chiefs, chargers, saints, and steelers are consistently good every year.

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Ben doesn’t scare me like he used to...Rivers will be another year older...I agree it looks tough, but who knows...injuries, trades, and free agency changes a lot of things

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8 minutes ago, CR91 said:

 

True, but the chiefs, chargers, saints, and steelers are consistently good every year.

i can see us beating the chiefs next year so issue there. chargers have no sproles (the only person that pretty much was a threat to us) so there's no issue there and the steeler's wont have AB or Bell so again no issue there. Id say the saints would be our only test next year but other than that all those games are winnable

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1 minute ago, Shadow_Creek said:

i can see us beating the chiefs next year so issue there. chargers have no sproles (the only person that pretty much was a threat to us) so there's no issue there and the steeler's wont have AB or Bell so again no issue there. Id say the saints would be our only test next year but other than that all those games are winnable

 

Gordon is a top 5 RB and Allen is no slouch. Connor and Juju are really good too. 

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Only 2 games are impacted by how you finish - Dolphins and Steelers in our case. Rest are predetermined.

 

Our main issues will be limiting good QBs with zone coverages, Matt Ryan is no slouch either.

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5 minutes ago, CR91 said:

 

Gordon is a top 5 RB and Allen is no slouch. Connor and Juju are really good too. 

doesn't matter because other than the chiefs game we shut down every good pass catcher and RB so as i said i like our chances a lot

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After another Draft and Free Agency (if Ballard nails both) I can't see us being worse than 11-5 now. I say 4-4 on the road and 7-1 at home if Luck stays healthy.

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1 hour ago, CR91 said:

We have to play the chiefs, chargers, saints, and steelers at their place. That doesn't even count the division. The last away game is vs the bucs, but the last time we played a bruce arains led team, we got killed. We're gonna have to be really good at home.

If we can win some of those games it will better prepare this team for if they do get back to the postseason.

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This colts team upset some pretty good teams this year if Ballard fixes what hurt us this year with better players this team will be fine.

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46 minutes ago, CR91 said:

 

True, but the chiefs, chargers, saints, and steelers are consistently good every year.

 

This is true, but Pittsburgh is in a lot of turmoil and really the Chargers are just "good," not world beaters (and we should be able to beat good teams). K.C. and N.O. are annoying because they have two of the best homefield advantages in the league and you'd rather not deal with multiple of those in the same year.

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Good, the tougher the better. You don’t see the Pats worrying about their strength of schedule on the road.

 

Train and plan accordingly and if you are as good as you think you then you will win more than you lose.

 

We need big games to prepare for the play offs.

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Dear football gods, please have the Colts beat the Steelers next season. 

 

We beat them and we are definitely trending towards championship level football. 

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15 minutes ago, jameszeigler834 said:

This colts team upset some pretty good teams this year if Ballard fixes what hurt us this year with better players this team will be fine.

The Colts played five playoff teams all year counting playoffs, Texans, Eagles, Pats, Cowboys, and Chiefs.  They were 3-4 in those games.  Next year they will have four games on the road with playoff teams this year including having to go to the Saints and Chiefs each conferences number one seed.  Add in a road trip to the Steelers a place where they don’t historically play well and two division games the easiest game on the road will be the Bucs.  That’s a brutal scheudle and a big step up from what they faced this year on the road, at least on paper right now.

 

I am not going to sit here and say the Colts can’t have success next year but they are going to have to take care of business at home.  That’s more manageable with the three division games, Miami, Raiders, Broncos, Falcons and, Panthers coming to town.  They can’t afford to go worse than 6-2 at home next year IMO to have any kind of shot at the playoffs.  

 

I hope the Colts take a step forward but it’s not going to be easy.  

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51 minutes ago, GoColts8818 said:

The Colts played five playoff teams all year counting playoffs, Texans, Eagles, Pats, Cowboys, and Chiefs.  They were 3-4 in those games.  Next year they will have four games on the road with playoff teams this year including having to go to the Saints and Chiefs each conferences number one seed.  Add in a road trip to the Steelers a place where they don’t historically play well and two division games the easiest game on the road will be the Bucs.  That’s a brutal scheudle and a big step up from what they faced this year on the road, at least on paper right now.

 

I am not going to sit here and say the Colts can’t have success next year but they are going to have to take care of business at home.  That’s more manageable with the three division games, Miami, Raiders, Broncos, Falcons and, Panthers coming to town.  They can’t afford to go worse than 6-2 at home next year IMO to have any kind of shot at the playoffs.  

 

I hope the Colts take a step forward but it’s not going to be easy.  

Well this team showed a lot of improvement will more added talent this team can very well be a force next year steelers are overrated.

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54 minutes ago, GoColts8818 said:

The Colts played five playoff teams all year counting playoffs, Texans, Eagles, Pats, Cowboys, and Chiefs.  They were 3-4 in those games.  Next year they will have four games on the road with playoff teams this year including having to go to the Saints and Chiefs each conferences number one seed.  Add in a road trip to the Steelers a place where they don’t historically play well and two division games the easiest game on the road will be the Bucs.  That’s a brutal scheudle and a big step up from what they faced this year on the road, at least on paper right now.

 

I am not going to sit here and say the Colts can’t have success next year but they are going to have to take care of business at home.  That’s more manageable with the three division games, Miami, Raiders, Broncos, Falcons and, Panthers coming to town.  They can’t afford to go worse than 6-2 at home next year IMO to have any kind of shot at the playoffs.  

 

I hope the Colts take a step forward but it’s not going to be easy.  

I think they are going to have to go 8-0 at home or maybe 7-1. This team is going to have to fill holes this off season to compete in some of these games next year if KC is any indication how we are against elite teams. We are going to have to be very much improved or there will be no playoffs.

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2 hours ago, HOF19 said:

And ????? …………. My buddy (Giants fan ) ALWAYS complains after his Giants go to the playoffs and then gets a tougher schedule the following season …...Well hey just like the team with the worst record gets the first pick in the draft ( which is proper ) it is also proper that we get a tough schedule next season …..WHY ? …….Because we made the playoffs . So I guess we can't complain .

I think op is saying it is crazy how the away schedule is so much harder than who we get at home. MIA, CAR, ATL, DEN, Raiders. for non division. The likely hood of us getting none of the toughest teams at home is the what the brutal part. If it was split more it be not as crazy tough for just the road. That is my reading of op take

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21 minutes ago, jameszeigler834 said:

Well this team showed a lot of improvement will more added talent this team can very well be a force next year steelers are overrated.

Maybe they will.  I am just pointing out it’s a big step up in competition from this year.  However asking any team in the NFL to play a road scheudle like that is brutal.  Not just the Colts.  I do hope the Colts are a force next year.  However, I am not going to panic and over react if they take a step backwards.  I hope they don’t but if they go 8-8 or something next year I wouldn’t be overly shocked.  I also wouldnt be shocked if they pull off 11-5 or 10-6 and are back in the playoffs.

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It’s the same for Texans. Away vs Saints, Chargers, Chiefs, and Ravens instead of Steelers. 

 

The Titans get Chargers, Saints and Chiefs at home.

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next season is a whole new year, i see us being improved next year and those games should be winnable 

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7 hours ago, coltsva said:

It’s the same for Texans. Away vs Saints, Chargers, Chiefs, and Ravens instead of Steelers. 

 

The Titans get Chargers, Saints and Chiefs at home.

Because the NFL likes the Titans...

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10 hours ago, John Hammonds said:

If you want to be the best, you have to beat the best.  Here.  There.  Anywhere.

 

Nice paraphrasing of the Nature Boy!  Love that phrase and always sticks with me.

 

"To be the man, you've got to BEAT the man"

 

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Seriously though, I think we are not just about next year.  Although the schedule is tough, we need to test our young team against the best and that will only make us better for the years to come. 

 

I also include Reich going up against the best coaches in this scenario.  I think he will have a fire in his belly after Reid out-coached him (Reich's own words) and so he will relish that challenge next year and make him all the better for pushing towards that Dynasty we are all chasing!

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With how things ended in Kansas City, I am more than happy with our schedule. Wanna be in the top echelon? Prove it.

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10 hours ago, Shadow_Creek said:

i can see us beating the chiefs next year so issue there. chargers have no sproles (the only person that pretty much was a threat to us) so there's no issue there and the steeler's wont have AB or Bell so again no issue there. Id say the saints would be our only test next year but other than that all those games are winnable

Got allot of that confidence on Sat. did ya?

 

 

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10 hours ago, CR91 said:

 

True, but the chiefs, chargers, saints, and steelers are consistently good every year.

 

The Saints are more hot & cold than Indiana weather

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10 hours ago, HOF19 said:

And ????? …………. My buddy (Giants fan ) ALWAYS complains after his Giants go to the playoffs and then gets a tougher schedule the following season …...Well hey just like the team with the worst record gets the first pick in the draft ( which is proper ) it is also proper that we get a tough schedule next season …..WHY ? …….Because we made the playoffs . So I guess we can't complain .

Where you finish only affects 2 games

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10 hours ago, CR91 said:

 

True, but the chiefs, chargers, saints, and steelers are consistently good every year.

The chiefs have won their first home playoff game for the first time in what... 24 years and the are consistently good?

 

Let's not get carried away, yes they are good this season, but consistency is 4-5 years in a row. 

 

Mahomes got hit against the colts, and we have seen players like him at QB pop up once in a while, but their longevity havn't been good outside of Russell Wilson.

 

 

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11 hours ago, John Hammonds said:

If you want to be the best, you have to beat the best.  Here.  There.  Anywhere.

 

Thought I was reading a Dr. Seuss rhyme for a sec :)

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57 minutes ago, jvan1973 said:

Where you finish only affects 2 games

Yep, it gave us Miami and Pit.   Had we lost to the Titans we would have had Cleveland and Buffalo.  

It's just a tough draw on the divisions we have to face in 2019.

KC, San Diego, Oak, Denver, Atlanta, Carolina, New Orleans and Tampa.  5/8 on the road.  

The 2019 schedule will be much tougher than the 2018.   However, the team will be stronger as well. 

 

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