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The Indianapolis Colts went into the offseason determined to make substantial changes to return to prominence in the NFL. Now with the 2020 NFL season approaching, will the additions of Philip Rivers and DeForest Buckner be enough to make the Colts a contender? On the latest NFL Reckless Speculation podcast, TC and NFL editor Matt Johnson preview every Indianapolis Colts game for the 2020 season.

The NFL seemed to look out for the Colts before the 2020 season by creating a schedule with some easy matchups. The guys dive into how the Colts will handle a seemingly light schedule and discuss the influence a hot start can have on a team. If this team starts hot, could it provide the spark that makes the Colts a Super Bowl contender in 2020?

Indianapolis Colts schedule sets them up nicely for hot start

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Indianapolis Colts running back Marlon Mack (25) makes his way into the end zone against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Fla., on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019. Indianapolis Colts Vs Jacksonville Jaguars In Nfl Week 17 In Jacksonville Fla On Sunday Dec 29 2019

While the Colts start the 2020 season away from home, a matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars makes up for it. If the Colts can escape the early trap game, which TC and Matt expect to happen, they’ll return to Indianapolis with a chance to prove themselves against the Minnesota Vikings.

If the Colts can come out with a 2-0 record, their schedule sets up perfectly for a wonderful run. As Matt and TC explain, clashes against the New York Jets and Chicago Bears put them on the path for perfection. Unfortunately, the guys see that dream of an undefeated season quickly end in Week 5 against the Cleveland Browns. Fortunately, we project them to rebound quickly before things get much tougher in the second half.

We continue with our game-by-game predictions for the 2020 season with an examination into the second half of the Colts’ schedule. Matchups against the Baltimore Ravens, Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers will prove difficult, but we expect a surprise win along the way.

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Are the Colts a Super Bowl contender with Philip Rivers in 2020?

Philip Rivers and the Los Angeles Charges mutually agreed to part ways this offseason. While the organization enjoyed his contributions, fans can’t forget his tendency to fall short in the big moments. While the guys expect the Colts to reach the playoffs this season, they discuss how this team might fare when Rivers takes the field in a big moment.

Things look promising for the Indianapolis Colts this season and the fans are excited. Ultimately, it will all come down to whether or not Rivers can turn a good team into a Super Bowl-caliber squad in 2020.

Matt Johnson
NFL, MLB & college football writer for Sportsnaut. Graduated from San Diego State University with BA in Journalism, 2019. Grew up in Sacramento, now based in Indianapolis. Seen on MSN. Previously: eDraft, The Connection, With the First Pick