The Indianapolis Colts open their 57th National Football League season, their 26th in downtown Indianapolis and their first under Head Coach Jim Caldwell on Sunday, September 13, when they host the Jacksonville Jaguars. Kickoff for the contest, telecast regionally by CBS Sports, in Lucas Oil Stadium is 1:00 p.m. (EDT).
Indianapolis will be playing its first game under new Head Coach Jim Caldwell. Caldwell succeeded Tony Dungy as field general this past January, and he is in his eighth season with the club. Caldwell earned titles of assistant head coach (2005) and associate head coach (2008) during his tenure with the club. Caldwell will direct Indianapolis in its second- ever season opener against Jacksonville.
The clubs last met in an opener on September 8, 2002, the inaugural year for the AFC South, with the Colts winning, 28-25, at Jacksonville. That contest was Caldwell’s first with the team. Indianapolis owns a 12-4 series edge against the Jaguars, with each team posting road wins in 2008. The Jaguars earned a 23-21 victory in Lucas Oil Stadium last September 21, before the Colts took a 31-24 verdict on December 18. Indianapolis is 6-2 as hosts against Jacksonville. Since 1953, the Colts own an opening day mark of 31-25, including a record of 15-16 against AFC clubs and 16-9 versus NFC clubs. The Colts are opening a season at home for the third consecutive year.
Owners of the NFL’s best regular-season record (114-46) since the start of the 1999 season, while being the only team to earn nine playoff appearances in the last 10 seasons, including a league-best seven consecutive post-season berths. Indianapolis has won 59 of its last 73 regular season games. Indianapolis’ winning ways include a 32-10 record in AFC South play, while the club has owned or shared the lead in 95 of 119 weeks of the division’s existence. The Colts won five AFC South championships from 2003-07, the best divisional-title streak in club history. Indianapolis is the only NFL team to have double-digit victory totals and playoff appearances each season since the 2002 NFL Realignment. In 2008, Indianapolis produced its seventh consecutive 10+-victory season, tying the second-longest streak in NFL history (16, San Francisco, 1983-98; 7, Dallas, 1975-81). Indianapolis extended it NFL record with a sixth consecutive season with 12+-victory season.
|Head Coach Jim Caldwell gave the Indianapolis media this opening statement yesterday:
“We’ve had a good week of practice, and today is the last one besides the walk-through tomorrow. It is an important one for us. It’s kind of the one where we try to iron out all the kinks and correct any mistakes that we’ve had during the course of the week and just fine tune some things.”
REGULAR SEASON GAME 1
JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (0-0) at INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (0-0)
- DATE: Sunday, September 13, 2009
- SITE: Lucas Oil Stadium
- KICKOFF: 1:00 p.m. (EDT)
- CAPACITY: 63,000
- SURFACE: Field Turf
More details about the upcoming season at the official Colts website
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