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NFL schedule release: Colts to host 2 Monday Night Football games at Lucas Oil Stadium

The Indianapolis Colts will host the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 3 to open the home season at Lucas Oil Stadium.

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Colts will open the 2022 season with a pair of road games before finally returning home to Lucas Oil Stadium.

The Colts open the season against a pair of AFC South rivals, playing at Houston and Jacksonville in the first two weeks of the season. They return home to Lucas Oil Stadium in Week 3 to host the Kansas City Chiefs on Sept. 25.

The schedule features four primetime games, including two Monday Night Football contests at Lucas Oil Stadium, facing the Pittsburgh Steelers (Nov. 28) and the Los Angeles Chargers (Dec. 26). Indianapolis will also play under the lights at Denver (Thurs. Oct. 6) and Dallas (Sun. Dec. 4). 

The game against the Cowboys can be seen live on Channel 13, starting at 8:20 p.m.

The Colts will play eight home games at Lucas Oil Stadium, but will be on the road for nine games, due to the imbalance since the schedule moved to 17 games last season.

The team announced that single-game tickets for home games at Lucas Oil Stadium go on sale at 11 a.m. ET Friday at Colts.com/tickets or ticketmaster.com.

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Aside from the Week 18 matchup with the Texans, the Colts will be done with their divisional schedule before Halloween, when they play the Tennessee Titans on Oct. 23. 

Outside of the night games, most of the Colts games will kick off at 1 p.m., with the exception of the Oct. 30 home game against the Washington Commanders, which will kickoff at 4:25 p.m. and the Nov. 13 game, which kicks off at 4:05 p.m. in Las Vegas.

Two dates late in the season are still to be determined. The Colts will play at Minnesota either Dec. 17 or 18 and will host Houston on Jan. 7 or 8 to close the season.

Here is the Colts 2022 schedule:

Sept. 11 at Houston 1 p.m.
Sept. 18 at Jacksonville 1 p.m.
Sept. 25 vs. Kansas City 1 p.m.

Oct. 2 vs. Tennessee 1 p.m.
Oct. 6 at Denver (Thursday Night Football) 8:15 p.m.
Oct. 16 vs. Jacksonville 1 p.m.
Oct. 23 at Tennessee 1 p.m.
Oct. 30 vs. Washington 4:25 p.m.

Nov. 6 at New England 1 p.m.
Nov. 13 at Las Vegas 4:05 p.m.
Nov. 20 vs. Philadelphia 1 p.m.
Nov. 28 vs. Pittsburgh (Monday Night Football) 8:15 p.m.

Dec. 4 at Dallas (Sunday Night Football) 8:20 p.m.
Dec. 11 BYE
Dec. 17/18 at Minnesota TBD
Dec. 26 vs. Los Angeles Chargers (Monday Night Football) 8:15 p.m.

Jan. 1 at New York Giants 1 p.m.
Jan. 7/8 vs. Houston TBD

The Colts also announced their preseason schedule, which includes two games at Lucas Oil Stadium. After opening the preseason at Buffalo on Aug. 13, Indianapolis hosts Detroit at 1 p.m. on Aug. 20 and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 27. 

The NFL released the full schedule Thursday night, giving Colts fans their first look at the upcoming slate. Some pieces began falling into place early, as teams announced their home openers at 6 p.m. Thursday.

The league and it's broadcast partners had announced dates and times for several games over the past couple weeks, but none of them involved Indianapolis.

The Monday night game against the Chargers means the Colts will avoid playing on Christmas Day for the second straight year. Last year, the Colts traveled to Arizona and beat the Cardinals 22-16 on Christmas.

The Colts are looking to make a return to the playoffs after a disappointing end to the 2021 season, losing to the 3-14 Jacksonville Jaguars in the final game of the year, when a win would have clinched a spot in the postseason. 

Veteran quarterback Matt Ryan will lead the Colts this fall, marking the fifth straight season there has been a new quarterback starting for Indianapolis.

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