The Indianapolis Colts just completed one of the most miraculous turnarounds in NFL history in 2012. After going 2-14 in 2011 and selecting Andrew Luck with the No. 1 overall pick in the ’12 draft, the Colts unbelievably won 11 games last season. They rallied around head coach Chuck Pagano, who was diagnosed with cancer.

Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians did an excellent job in Pagano’s absence. His efforts landed him the head coaching position at Arizona heading into the 2013 season. Luck was everything they thought he’d be as he had a monster season despite having the unenviable task of replacing arguably the greatest quarterback of all-time in Peyton Manning. Indianapolis would lose to eventual Super Bowl champion Baltimore in the wild card round.

While it will be hard to match their 11-win total from a year ago, the Colts certainly have a chance given their 2013 schedule. They will be up against the third-easiest schedule as their opponents posted a combined 117-137-2 record and a 46.1 winning percentage a year ago. Indianapolis draws the AFC West and the NFC West, as well as the Miami Dolphins and Cincinnati Bengals, who finished second in their respective divisions.

According to the lines at Cantor listed below, the Colts are expected to be favored in six games, an underdog in seven, and a pick ’em in three.  That means they are supposed to be roughly a .500 team, which I believe is pretty accurate.  They have a chance to win double-digit games given the ease of their schedule, but I look for them to take a step back in 2013.  Indianapolis will win eight or nine games this coming fall.

Indianapolis Colts 2013 Schedule

Week 1 – Sunday, September 8 vs Oakland Raiders (1:00 ET)
Projected Line: -7

Week 2 – Sunday, September 15 vs Miami Dolphins (1:00 ET)
Projected Line: PK

Week 3 – Sunday, September 22 @ San Francisco 49ers (4:25 ET)
Projected Line: +7.5

Week 4 – Sunday, September 29 @ Jacksonville Jaguars (1:00 ET)
Projected Line: -3.5

Week 5 – Sunday, October 6 vs Seattle Seahawks (1:00 ET)
Projected Line: +4

Week 6 – Monday, October 14 @ San Diego Chargers (8:30 ET)
Projected Line: +2.5

Week 7 – Sunday, October 20 vs Denver Broncos (8:30 ET)
Projected Line: +3.5

Week 8 – BYE WEEK

Week 9 – Sunday, November 3 @ Houston Texans (8:30 ET)
Projected Line: +4.5

Week 10 – Sunday, November 10 vs St Louis Rams (1:00 ET)
Projected Line: -2.5

Week 11 – Thursday, November 14 @ Tennessee Titans (8:25 ET)
Projected Line: -1

Week 12 – Sunday, November 24 @ Arizona Cardinals (4:05 ET)
Projected Line: PK

Week 13 – Sunday, December 1 vs Tennessee Titans (1:00 ET)
Projected Line: -4.5

Week 14 – Sunday, December 8 @ Cincinnati Bengals (1:00 ET)
Projected Line: +4.5

Week 15 – Sunday, December 15 vs Houston Texans (1:00 ET)
Projected Line: PK

Week 16 – Sunday, December 22 @ Kansas City Chiefs (1:00 ET)
Projected Line: +1

Week 17 – Sunday, December 29 vs Jacksonville Jaguars (1:00 ET)
Projected Line: -8

More NFL Team Schedules

AFC West AFC North AFC South AFC East
Kansas City Chiefs Pittsburgh Steelers Indianapolis Colts New England Patriots
San Diego Chargers Baltimore Ravens Jacksonville Jaguars New York Jets
Oakland Raiders Cleveland Browns Houston Texans Miami Dolphins
Denver Broncos Cincinnati Bengals Tennessee Titans Buffalo Bills
NFC West NFC North NFC South NFC East
Seattle Seahawks Chicago Bears Atlanta Falcons Philadelphia Eagles
St. Louis Rams Green Bay Packers New Orleans Saints New York Giants
San Francisco 49ers Detroit Lions Tampa Bay Buccaneers Dallas Cowboys
Arizona Cardinals Minnesota Vikings Carolina Panthers Washington Redskins
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