INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Colts close their preseason Friday night against the Lions at Ford Field in Detroit.
- Kickoff: 7 p.m.
- Broadcast: FOX59.
For those keeping track at home – and since the NFL keeps score – the Colts are on the verge of their first unbeaten preseason since 1994 (4-0) and just the sixth in franchise history. Make of that what you will.
And then there’s this. The Colts followed up their previous five perfect preseasons with at least 8-8 records, but only reached the playoffs once. After going 5-0 in the 1965 preseason, they went 10-3-1 in the regular season and earned a playoff spot.
Interesting, but means very little.
This just doesn’t feel right. It’s the final preseason game and the Cincinnati Bengals are nowhere to be found. Well, they’ve got a Sunday meeting with the Miami Dolphins in Cincy, but you know what we mean. That, of course, is a byproduct of the NFL moving to a 17-game regular season and a three-game preseason. So, see ya, Cincy.
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic erasing the 2020 preseason schedule, the Colts and Bengals had met in the final game 17 straight years.
After discussing things with first-year Lions coach Dan Campbell, Frank Reich decided to follow his lead and hold out the vast majority of his starters. Apparently neither was willing to risk injury to a front-line player with the Sept. 12 season…