If the Indianapolis Colts are going to end their two-year playoff drought, next season seems like the perfect time. That’s because Indianapolis will play the NFL’s easiest regular-season schedule in 2017.
Basically, if Chuck Pagano can’t get his team turned around in 2017, Jim Irsay might be forced to fire him.
Based on 2016 records, Indy will play the league’s most lenient schedule because more than 31 percent of its 2017 opponents won four or fewer games last season.
The Colts will play the Cleveland Browns (1-15), 49ers (2-14) and Los Angeles Rams (4-12) and two against the Jacksonville Jaguars (3-13). The Colts play only two teams that won 10 or more games. The last time the Colts had the easiest strength of schedule heading into a season was 2014, when they finished 11-5 and reached the AFC title game.
Denver Broncos rookie coach Vance Joseph probably would kill to have the Colts’ schedule, because his team is on the other end of the spectrum: Denver has the most difficult schedule for 2017.