Indianapolis Colts: 2014 NFL Nation season predictions

Indianapolis Colts game predictions

September, 2, 2014
AM ET Indianapolis Colts reporter Mike Wells makes his game-by-game picks for the 2014 season.

Week 1: at Denver Broncos

The Colts are facing Peyton Manning at the wrong time. The Broncos were embarrassed in the Super Bowl last season and after the Colts beat Manning in Week 7. Expect the Broncos to score a lot of points in this one.
Prediction: Loss

Week 2: Philadelphia Eagles

The Colts could use suspended linebacker Robert Mathis and his 19.5 sacks against Chip Kelly's offense. It's the home opener for the Colts, and they aren't going to lose on national television in back-to-back weeks. Prediction: Win

Week 3: at Jacksonville Jaguars

Gus Bradley and the Jaguars are slowly heading in the right direction. The gap between the two teams is still too large, as Andrew Luck moves to 3-0 against the Jaguars in Jacksonville. Prediction: Win

Week 4: Tennessee Titans

The Colts went into the season wondering how they would play without Mathis during his four-game suspension. They wrap up the stretch by beating the Titans to go 3-1 without their defensive leader. Prediction: Win

Week 5: Baltimore Ravens

Mathis shows little sign of rust in his first game of the season, and the Colts feed off his energy to avenge their 2012 playoff loss to the Ravens.
Prediction: Win

Week 6: at Houston Texans

The Colts are the better team, but the short turnaround -- a Thursday night game -- and having to play on the road catches up with them, as they lose their first game in the AFC South. Prediction: Loss

Week 7: Cincinnati Bengals

The Colts are still stinging over the overturned fourth-down play that was a momentum shift last season in Cincinnati. Luck still hasn't dropped back-to-back games in the NFL. Prediction: Win

Week 8: at Pittsburgh Steelers

History is not on the Colts' side in playing at Pittsburgh. Indianapolis is 1-9 in its past 10 regular-season games there. They move to 1-10 after this one. Prediction: Loss

Week 9: at New York Giants

The Colts lost to a Manning earlier in the season. They're not going to lose to both Mannings in the same season. The defense takes advantage of Eli's poor accuracy to force several turnovers. Prediction: Win

Week 11: New England Patriots

Patriots coach Bill Belichick continues to own Luck, as the quarterback moves to 0-3 against New England in his young career. Prediction: Loss

Week 12: Jacksonville Jaguars

The Colts get their first look at the Jaguars' new franchise quarterback, Blake Bortles. They send the No. 3 pick in the draft back to Jacksonville with another loss. Prediction: Win

Week 13: Washington Redskins

Luck and Robert Griffin III, the top two picks in the 2012 draft, face off for the first time in their career. Luck shows once again why the Colts made the right decision in selecting him with the No. 1 pick. Prediction: Win

Week 14: at Cleveland Browns

Rob Chudzinski, the Colts' assistant to head coach Chuck Pagano, puts on his offensive hat and gives offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton some special plays to run against the team that fired him after only one season as head coach. Prediction: Win

Week 15: Houston Texans

The Colts avenge their early-season loss to the Texans by jumping on their AFC South counterparts early and never letting up. Prediction: Win

Week 16: at Dallas Cowboys

Luck is known for his fourth-quarter heroics, but Tony Romo is the one who leads Dallas from behind in the final quarter in this one. Prediction: Loss

Week 17: at Tennessee Titans

With weather conditions limiting the passing game, running back Trent Richardson ends the regular season with his best rushing game of the season, giving the Colts hope that he'll be able to produce in the playoffs. Prediction: Win

Predicted Record: 11-5