A home game on Thanksgiving night against the Pittsburgh Steelers and a trip to Green Bay’s famed Lambeau Field highlight the Indianapolis Colts’ 2016 schedule, announced Thursday on NFL Network.
The Colts will host the Steelers on Nov. 24 in an 8:30 p.m. primetime matchup of AFC powers. The Steelers have defeated the Colts in each of the past two seasons at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field. The last time Pittsburgh visited Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, the Steelers prevailed 23-20 on a last-second field goal in 2011. The Colts are 2-0 on Thanksgiving.
The Steelers’ game is one of three in primetime. The Colts are at defending AFC South Division champion Houston on a Sunday night, Oct. 16. The other game is a Monday Night Football trip to face the New York Jets on Dec. 5.
A previously announced road game in London against the AFC South Division rival Jacksonville Jaguars will be Oct. 2 at 9:30 a.m. (Indianapolis time).
The Colts, who finished 8-8 last season, open at home against the Detroit Lions (7-9) on Sept. 11 at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Lions are coached by former Colts head coach Jim Caldwell.
Indianapolis is at Denver in Week 2, hosts San Diego, travels to London for the Jaguars, hosts the Bears, visit the Texans, visit the Tennessee Titans and host Kansas City in Week 8.
After facing the Packers, the Colts have a bye week, then host the Titans, host the Steelers, visit the Jets, host the Texans, visit Minnesota and Oakland and conclude the regular season at home against the Jaguars.
The Colts’ strength of schedule ranks 21st, based on the combined 2015 winning percentage of opponents (.477).
COLTS 2016 schedule
Sept. 11 — Detroit Lions, 4:25 p.m., Lucas Oil Stadium.
Sept. 18 — at Denver Broncos, 4:25 p.m., Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
Sept. 25 — San Diego Chargers, 4:25 p.m., Lucas Oil Stadium.
Oct. 2 — vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, 9:30 a.m., Wembley Stadium, London, England.
Oct. 9 — Chicago Bears, 1 p.m., Lucas Oil Stadium.
Oct. 16 — at Houston Texans, 8:30 p.m., NRG Stadium.
Oct. 23 — at Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m., Nissan Stadium.
Oct. 30 — Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m., Lucas Oil Stadium.
Nov. 6 — at Green Bay Packers, 4:25 p.m., Lambeau Field.
Week 10 Bye
Nov. 20 — Tennessee Titans, 1 p.m., Lucas Oil Stadium.
Nov. 24 — Pittsburgh Steelers, 8:30 p.m., Lucas Oil Stadium.
Dec. 5 — at New York Jets, 8:30 p.m., MetLife Stadium.
Dec. 11 — Houston Texans, 1 p.m., Lucas Oil Stadium.
Dec. 18 — at Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m., U.S. Bank Stadium.
Dec. 24 — at Oakland Raiders, 4:05 p.m., Oakland Coliseum.
Jan. 1 — Jacksonville Jaguars, 1 p.m., Lucas Oil Stadium.
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