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Indianapolis Colts 2012 NFL Schedule Analysis

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Inside the 2012 Schedule

Andrew Luck makes his NFL debut in Chicago. Nothing like jumping right in. Once a month, Luck squares off against an elite QB. He'll hook up with Aaron Rodgers in October, Tom Brady in November and Matthew Stafford in December. We'll be able to chart his growth easily.
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Week 1 at Bears
Since Lovie Smith's arrival in Chicago, the Bears have been regarded as one of the bullies in the NFC. Their rough style tests the toughness of opponents, leading many to wilt under the pressure. However, the Colts are intent on revving up their physicality under first-year head coach Chuck Pagano, so this inter-conference battle could turn into a street fight.
Week 11 at Patriots
The departure of Peyton Manning certainly will not diminish the intensity or importance of this rivalry. In fact, the addition of Andrew Luck could prompt Tom Brady to bring his A-game to keep the youngster from recording a huge win on the road.
Week 15 at Texans
Pagano is intent on building a monster in Indy, but he must dismiss the Texans to help the Colts reclaim the AFC South crown. While that doesn't sound daunting for a team that has won seven of the past eight division titles, the ability to claim a crown in Pagano's first season could come down to this game.

 

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