May 30, 2024 - News

Breaking down the 2024 Indianapolis Colts schedule

Table showing the total mileage NFL teams will travel in the 2024-25 regular season. The Los Angeles Chargers, Miami Dolphins, Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots will travel the most, each over 25,000 total miles in their road games.
Data: Bookies.com; Table: Axios Visuals

The Colts will travel fewer miles than nearly every other team in the NFL over the course of the 2024 season.

Why it matters: The light travel schedule could work in Indianapolis' favor as the team comes back from an injury-tainted 2023 season that ended with the AFC South crown eluding them by four points.

  • The Colts haven't made the playoffs since 2020.

State of play: The Colts will travel just 11,497 miles this season, the third shortest travel schedule in the NFL.

  • They also face the 10th-easiest slate of opponents, according to teams' records from last season.

Flashback: Last year, the Colts only left the eastern time zone twice and had the shortest travel schedule in the league at 7,833 miles.

Zoom in: The Colts begin the 2024 season at Lucas Oil Stadium, hosting the Houston Texans on Sept. 8 in a hot Week 1 rivalry game.

  • The home opener is also a rematch of the final game of 2023's regular season, which decided the fate of the AFC South champion.
  • The Colts play the Texans again on Oct. 27. Other division games are Oct. 13 and Dec. 22 against the Tennessee Titans, and Oct. 6 and Jan. 5 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The big screen: Indianapolis landed only one prime-time game, a Sunday Night Football road matchup with the New York Jets on Nov. 17.

  • Yes, but: Start times for Week 17 and Week 18 games against the Giants and the Jaguars are still TBD.

What we're watching: How quarterback Anthony Richardson will bounce back from a shoulder injury that ended his 2023 season in Week 5 after four starts as a rookie.

Plus: The Colts have been deemed the most athletic team in the NFL by Relative Athletic Score, an assessment that compares a player's athleticism to the rest of his position group.

The bottom line: The 10th-easiest schedule isn't the 1st-easiest, and that shows in the odds. Las Vegas currently projects Indianapolis' win total odds at 8.5 games in 2024, a lateral move from the 9-8 record they ended with last season.

The Colts' 2024 schedule

Week 1: vs. Houston

Week 2: at Green Bay

Week 3: vs. Chicago

Week 4: vs. Pittsburgh

Week 5: at Jacksonville

Week 6: at Tennessee

Week 7: vs. Miami

Week 8: at Houston

Week 9: at Minnesota

Week 10: vs. Buffalo

Week 11: at N.Y. Jets

Week 12: vs. Detroit

Week 13: at New England

Week 14: Bye

Week 15: at Denver

Week 16: vs. Tennessee

Week 17: at N.Y. Giants

Week 18: vs. Jacksonville

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