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Jonathan Taylor of the Indianapolis Colt runs the ball against the Las Vegas Raiders | Michael Hickey/Getty Images

Lovie Smith Sees His Texans as Next Year’s Bengals: “Why Not Us?”

How did the Indianapolis Colts remove the bitter taste of a shocking, Carson Wentz-dooming Week 18 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars from their mouths? They followed up that playoff-eliminating defeat with a strong offseason that should allow them to kick off the 2022 NFL schedule in style.

Jonathan Taylor remains in place as one of the league’s most dominant running backs, and the Indy passing game should be revitalized with Matt Ryan, rather easily the greatest quarterback in Atlanta Falcons history, coming aboard to throw passes to Michael Pittman Jr., Parris Campbell, and Alec Pierce — the leading member of a 2022 draft class that checked in at No. 7 in Sportcasting’s official rankings.

Oh, and the Colts also landed Yannick Ngakoue and Stephon Gilmore to help shore up a defense that was already a top-10 unit in 2021.

That’s a long way of saying that the 2022 schedule could contain a lot of Ws by the time the playoffs roll around and, in all likelihood, feature a certain Ryan-led outfit.

2022 Indianapolis Colts Schedule

1@ Houston TexansSunday, Sept. 111:00 p.m. ETCBS
2@ Jacksonville JaguarsSunday, Sept. 181:00 p.m. ETCBS
3vs. Kansas City ChiefsSunday, Sept. 251:00 p.m. ETCBS
4vs. Tennessee TitansSunday, Oct. 21:00 p.m. ETFOX
5@ Denver BroncosThursday, Oct. 68:15 p.m. ETPrime Video
6vs. Jacksonville JaguarsSunday, Oct. 161:00 p.m. ETCBS
7@ Tennessee TitansSunday, Oct. 231:00 p.m. ETCBS
8vs. Washington CommandersSunday, Oct. 304:25 p.m. ETFOX
9@ New England PatriotsSunday, Nov. 61:00 p.m. ETCBS
10@ Las Vegas RaidersSunday, Nov. 134:05 p.m. ETCBS
11vs. Philadelphia EaglesSunday, Nov. 201:00 p.m. ETCBS
12vs. Pittsburgh SteelersMonday, Nov. 288:15 p.m. ETESPN
13@ Dallas CowboysSunday, Dec. 48:20 p.m. ETNBC
14Bye WeekN/AN/AN/A
15@ Minnesota VikingsTBDTBDTBD
16vs. Los Angeles ChargersMonday, Dec. 268:15 p.m. ETESPN
17@ New York GiantsSunday, Jan. 11:00 p.m. ETCBS
18vs. Houston TexansTBDTBDTBD

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