Colts VIP Update: Week 1 vs. Cincinnati Bengals

The 2018 Indianapolis Colts and Colts VIP Tailgating season are officially underway! On Sunday, after the first official Colts VIP Tailgate presented by Hays + Sons of the season, the boys in blue were back where they belong at Lucas Oil Stadium, facing off against the I-74 neighbor Cincinnati Bengals.

Luck Back in Action

A sight for sore Colts fans’ eyes on Sunday, quarterback Andrew Luck was back in action for his first regular season game since the 2016-17 NFL season, and Luck did not disappoint.

 

Despite an early red zone interception, Luck seemed to settle in and had no trouble sharing his passes throughout the Colts offense.

Luck finished the game with a career-high 39 completions on 53 attempts, for 319 yards, two touchdowns and the lone interception.

A Familiar Result

Despite looking solid on offense in the first half, and the defense holding Andy Dalton, A.J. Green and the at-times explosive Bengals offense at bay, it seemed to be a tale of two halves for the Colts.

After jumping out to a 23-10 lead, the Bengals would end the game scoring 24 unanswered points, including an 83-yard scoop-and-score off a Jack Doyle fumble on a late Colts drive to seal the game, resulting in the Bengals walking away with a 34-23 victory.

However, for Colts fans, although a familiar result, the team remained positive following the game, with head coach Frank Reich and quarterback Andrew Luck maintaining that while a disappointing result, the team walked away with plenty of positives.

 

Looking Forward

The Colts hit the road for their first away game of the 2018 season, heading to FedEx Field to face the 1-0 Washington Redskins.

 


 

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2018 Indianapolis Colts Schedule Preview: Weeks 5-8

With teams going through rookie minicamps and settling in for the quiet summer months, we’re taking a look at the Road to Super Bowl 53 for the Indianapolis Colts in 2018. First up, the Colts kick off the season with weeks 1-4.

Week 5: at New England Patriots

Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018 at 8:20 p.m. ET  — Gillette Stadium — 2017 Record: 13-3, AFC Champions

Key Additions: Jeremy Hill, RB – Jordan Matthews, WR – Adrian Clayborn, DE     —     Key Losses: Dion Lewis, RB – Danny Amendola, WR – Nate Solder, OT – Malcom Butler, DB

The matchup most Indianapolis Colts fans will have circled on their calendars is easily the Week 5 matchup against the New England Patriots. And although the matchup against the Patriots almost always has a target on the calendar, this matchup might just mean a little more to the Colts organization and its fans than previous matchups after Josh McDaniels’ spurning of the team’s head coaching offer in early February.

Regardless, the Colts hope a healthy Andrew Luck and a revitalized roster will have the team trending upwards in 2018. Could this mean an early victory against the defending conference champions?

 


 

Week 6: at New York Jets

Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. ET — MetLife Stadium — 2017 Record: 5-11

Key Additions: Trumaine Johnson, DB – Teddy Bridgewater, QB – Thomas Rawls, RB – Sam Darnold, QB     —     Key Losses: Matt Forte, RB – Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE – Muhammad Wilkerson, DT

In Week 6, the Colts will head to the Meadowlands to take on the New York Jets, the matchup following an offseason that saw the two teams wheeling and dealing with one another.

The Colts traded the #3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft to the New York Jets, a pick that would become the hopeful franchise quarterback Sam Darnold. In return, the Colts would get their man, offensive lineman Quenton Nelson, at #6. The team would also deal in the late rounds of the draft, with the Colts shipping off defensive lineman Henry Anderson to gang green.

New York is coming off a disappointing but not-surprising 5-11 record in 2017, a season full of controversy and highs-and-lows, but with a bright future in tow. The team hopes to have found their franchise quarterback and helped revitalize their defense in the NFL Draft, making this a decent matchup against the Colts.

 


 

Week 7: vs. Buffalo Bills

Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. ET — Lucas Oil Stadium — 2017 Record: 9-7

Key Additions: Josh Allen, QB – Trent Murphy, DE – Star Lotulelei, DT – Vontae Davis, DB    —     Key Losses: Tyrod Taylor, QB – Cordy Glenn, OT – Jordan Matthews, WR

The Colts will return home in Week 7 to face one of the surprises of 2017, the Buffalo Bills, at Lucas Oil Stadium. Week 7 will mark the return of defensive back Vontae Davis, who signed with the Bills this offseason after the Colts mysteriously released him late in the 2017 season.

This Week 7 matchup will (potentially) feature the second-straight week the Colts could see a rookie quarterback, with the Bills drafting Wyoming’s Josh Allen in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. This will be a good window into the team’s 2018 edition of a revitalized defense, facing off against such a young talent on the offensive side of the ball.

 

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Week 8: at Oakland Raiders

Sunday, Oct. 28th, 2018 at 4:05 p.m. ET — Oakland Coliseum — 2017 Record: 6-10

Key Additions: Martavis Bryant, WR – Rashaan Melvin, DB – Jordy Nelson, WR     —     Key Losses: Michael Crabtree, WR – Sebastian Janikowski, K – Marquette King, P 

In Week 8, the Colts will head to Oakland to take on the Raiders and new (and former) head coach Jon Gruden’s first season back with the team.

The Raiders are a team very much searching for an identity, after leading the AFC in 2016, the team seemed to regress in 2017, falling to 6-10 and failing to reach the playoffs. The offensive attack of a (presumably) healthy quarterback in Derek Carr, combined with new wide receivers Jordy Nelson and Martavis Bryant, as well as Pro Bowler Amari Cooper returning, will be a stifling test for the new look Colts defense. The Week 8 matchup will also be new Raiders (and former Colts) defensive back Rashaan Melvin’s first game facing his former team.

 


 

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2018 Indianapolis Colts Schedule Preview: Weeks 1-4

With teams going through rookie minicamps and settling in for the quiet summer months, we’re taking a look at the Road to Super Bowl 53 for the Indianapolis Colts in 2018. First up, the Colts kick off the season with weeks 1-4.

Week 1: vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Sunday, Sept. 9th, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. ET — Lucas Oil Stadium — 2017 Record: 7-9 

Key Additions: Billy Price, C – Cordy Glenn, OT     —     Key Losses: Chris Smith, DE – Jeremy Hill, RB – Kevin Minter – LB

The Colts will open the 2018 NFL regular season at home against the familiar-foe Cincinnati Bengals, where fans will get their first glimpse of the new team, from the coaching staff down to the rookies. While the Bengals will return the majority of their roster from the 2017 season, sans some offensive line upgrades, the Colts bring an entirely new coaching staff, complete with a nearly unmatched roster turnover.

The big question for Week 1 will remain — will Colts quarterback Andrew Luck be ready for the season opener? Fans will be left wondering until at least training camp, which is the apparent target date for the Colts and Luck to resume full practice, according to general manager Chris Ballard.
 

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Week 2: at Washington Redskins

Sunday, Sept. 16th, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. ET — FedEx Field — 2017 Record: 7-9 

Key Additions: Alex Smith, QB – Orlando Scandrick, DB – Pernell McPhee, LB – Daron Payne, DL – Derrius Guice, RB     —     Key Losses: Kirk Cousins, QB – Terrelle Pryor, WR

The Indianapolis Colts will travel to the nation’s capital and FedEx Field to take on the Washington Redskins in Week 2 of the 2018 NFL season.

In Week 2, the Colts will head to the nation’s capital to face the new-look Washington Redskins, complete with their new quarterback at the helm.

Shortly before losing quarterback Kirk Cousins to the Minnesota Vikings, the Redskins traded cornerback Kendall Fuller and a third-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft to the Kansas City chiefs for Pro Bowl quarterback Alex Smith.

After making the decision to hand the reigns to Smith, the Redskins continued their transformation, bringing in plenty of defensive talent and a talented young offensive core.

The Colts new-look defense will have their work cut out for them against the Redskins, looking to contain an aerial attack from Smith combined with the fast and powerful running style of rookie Derrius Guice.

Week 2 will give fans a good glimpse into how the season for this defense might look moving forward.
 

 


 

Week 3: at Philadelphia Eagles

Sunday, Sept. 23rd, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. ET — Lincoln Financial Field — 2017 Record: 13-3, Super Bowl LII Champions

Key Additions: Michael Bennett, DE – Haloti Ngata, DT – Dallas Goedert, TE     —     Key Losses: Torrey Smith, WR – Brent Celek, TE – LeGarrette Blount, RB – Vinny Curry, DE

The Indianapolis Colts will travel to Lincoln Financial Field to take on the reigning Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles in Week 3 of the 2018 NFL season.

A date with the Super Bowl champions from the 2017 season, the Philadelphia Eagles await the Colts in Week 3, played at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA.

The majority of Philly’s Super Bowl LII-winning pieces return for the 2018 NFL Season, including a look at what could be a healthy Carson Wentz.

The Eagles did manage, however, to bolster their already stellar defensive front, adding Seahawks Pro Bowl defensive end Michael Bennett, defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, and some young weapons through the draft.

Week 3 will prove not only to be a test for the Colts’ defense in containing Wentz and explosive Eagles offense, but their offense as well, going against arguably the best defense of the 2017 season.
 

 


 

Week 4: vs. Houston Texans

Sunday, Sept. 30th, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. ET — Lucas Oil Stadium — 2017 Record: 4-12

Key Additions: Tyrann Mathieu, DB – Johnson Bademosi, DB – Justin Reid, S     —     Key Losses: Marcus Williams, DB – Bruce Ellington, WR – Marcus Gilchrist, S

A familiar division foe, the Colts get their first AFC South matchup in Week 4, taking on the Houston Texans.

While the Texans have added handfuls of defensive talent, including ball hawk safety Tyrann Mathieu, one could argue the biggest addition for the 2018 season is one that the Texas had in 2017, but lost due to injury — quarterback Deshaun Watson, who before tearing his ACL on November 2nd, was in the running for NFL Rookie of the Year honors.

Houston is one of those teams that no matter the record, no matter the starting cast, always seems to give the Colts fits. The new-look Colts must be careful, as a tough first four weeks will most likely shape the direction of the rest of the 2018 season, and an early divisional win would really help their playoff hopes.
 

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