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INDIANAPOLIS – Statistically speaking, the Colts schedule for the 2014 season figures to provide the team a significant advantage.

A combined opponents record of 110-146 makes the team’s slate the easiest in the National Football League–and the last two teams in the league to have that distinction reached the conference championship game.

That doesn’t really apply to their opener, however.

When the NFL released the schedule on Wednesday night, it revealed a challenging opener for the Colts against a familiar friend turned foe: Peyton Manning. Indianapolis will open their 2014 season with a Sunday night 8:30 p.m. game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field in Denver on Sept. 7.

Last season the Colts defeated the Broncos 39-33 in Manning’s return to Indianapolis on Oct. 20.

The Colts will appear in prime time on five occasions this season: Monday, Sept. 13 vs. Eagles; Thursday, Oct. 9 at Houston; Monday, Nov. 3; at the New York Giants; and Sunday, Nov. 16 against the Patriots.

Here is the entire Colts’ 2014 schedule:

Sunday, 9/7                           @ Denver                              8:30PM

Monday, 9/15                         PHILADELPHIA                       8:30PM

Sunday, 9/21                         @ Jacksonville                        1:00PM

Sunday, 9/28                         TENNESSEE                            1:00PM

Sunday,  10/5                        BALTIMORE                            1:00PM

Thursday,  10/9                     @Houston                               8:25PM

Sunday, 10/19                       CINCINNATI                            1:00PM

Sunday, 10/26                       @ Pittsburgh                           4:25PM

Monday, 11/3                        @NY Giants                             8:30PM

Sunday, 11/9                         BYE WEEK

Sunday, 11/16                       NEW ENGLAND                        8:30PM

Sunday, 11/23                       JACKSONVILLE                        1:00PM

Sunday, 11/30                       WASHINGTON                         1:00PM

Sunday, 12/7                         @ Cleveland                            1:00PM

Sunday, 12/14                       HOUSTON                               1:00PM

Sunday,  12/21                      @ Dallas                                 4:25PM

Sunday,  12/28                      @Tennessee                            1:00PM