|2016 Indianapolis Colts season|
|Head coach||Chuck Pagano|
|General manager||Ryan Grigson|
|Home field||Lucas Oil Stadium|
|Division place||3rd AFC South|
|Playoff finish||Did not qualify|
|Pro Bowlers||WR T. Y. Hilton|
P Pat McAfee
The 2016 Indianapolis Colts season was the franchise's 64th season in the National Football League and the 33rd in Indianapolis. The Colts matched their 8-8 record from 2015, however they would miss the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1997-1998. This season would also see the Colts get swept by the Houston Texans for the first time in franchise history. As a result, the Colts fired general manager Ryan Grigson after five seasons with the team. However head coach Chuck Pagano would return next year.
|TE||Coby Fleener||UFA||New Orleans Saints||Signed 5-year/$36 million deal|
|TE||Dwayne Allen||UFA||Indianapolis Colts||Signed 4-year/$29.4 million deal|
|TE||Jack Doyle||RFA||Indianapolis Colts||Signed 1-year/$1.67 million tender|
|QB||Charlie Whitehurst||UFA||Cleveland Browns|
|RB||Dan Herron||RFA||Buffalo Bills|
|K||Adam Vinatieri||UFA||Indianapolis Colts||Signed 2-year/$6 million deal|
|S||Akeem Davis||ERFA||Indianapolis Colts||Signed 1-year/$600,000 tender|
|S||Dwight Lowery||UFA||San Diego Chargers||Signed 3-year/$7.2 million deal|
|S||Colt Anderson||UFA||Buffalo Bills||Signed 1-year/$840,000 deal|
|CB||Greg Toler||UFA||Washington Redskins||Signed 1-year/$840,000 deal|
|DE||Billy Winn||UFA||Denver Broncos|
|ILB||Jerrell Freeman||UFA||Chicago Bears||Signed 3-year/$12 million deal|
|Player re-signed by the Colts||Player signed with a different team||Player retired|
|Wide receiver||Danny Anthrop||Purdue|
|Defensive lineman||Sterling Bailey||Georgia|
|Kicker/Punter||Devon Bell||Mississippi State||Camp Tryout|
|Offensive tackle||Isiah Cage||Wisconsin-Eau Claire|
|Nose Tackle||Julian Campenni||Connecticut||Camp tryout|
|Linebacker||Henry Coley||Virginia||Camp tryout|
|Long snapper||Harrison Elliott||Air Force||Camp tryout|
|Running back||Josh Ferguson||Illinois|
|Quarterback||Blake Frohnapfel||Massachusetts||Camp tryout|
|Quarterback||Everett Golson||Florida State||Camp tryout|
|Tight end||Darion Griswold||Arkansas|
|Offensive tackle||Davante Harris||Appalachian State|
|Long snapper||Forrest Hill||Auburn||Camp tryout|
|Safety||Tigi Hill||Hawaii||Camp tryout|
|Wide receiver||Reece Horn||Indianapolis||Camp tryout|
|Offensive tackle||Amadou Konte||Benedictine||Camp tryout|
|Wide receiver||Marcus Leak||Maryland|
|Wide receiver||Mekale McKay||Cincinnati|
|Punter||Brock Miller||Southern Utah||Camp tryout|
|Tight end||Mike Miller||Taylor|
|Cornerback||Christopher Milton||Georgia Tech|
|Offensive guard||Jamelle Naff||TCU||Camp Tryout|
|Outside linebacker||Elhadji Ndiaye||Nebraska-Kearney||Camp tryout|
|Outside linebacker||Eze Obiora||Southern Illinois||Camp tryout|
|Quarterback||Ammon Olsen||Southern Utah||Camp tryout|
|Cornerback||Leviticus Payne||Cincinnati||Camp tryout|
|Linebacker||Terrance Plummer||UCF||Camp tryout|
|Running back||Chase Price||San Diego State||Camp tryout|
|Offensive tackle||Adam Redmond||Harvard|
|Wide receiver||Chester Rogers||Grambling State|
|Defensive lineman||Delvon Simmons||USC|
|Wide receiver||Tevaun Smith||Iowa|
|Wide receiver||Logan Sweet||UCLA||Camp tryout|
|Defensive lineman||Justin Thomason||North Carolina||Camp tryout|
|Outside Linebacker||Ron Thompson||Syracuse||$15,000 bonus|
|Cornerback||Darius White||California, Berkeley|
|Cornerback||Frankie Williams||Purdue||Camp tryout, Signed|
|Running back||Storm Woods||Oregon State||Camp tryout|
|2||57||T. J. Green||Free safety||Clemson|
|3||82||Le'Raven Clark||Offensive tackle||Texas Tech|
|4||116||Hassan Ridgeway||Nose tackle||Texas|
|4||125||Antonio Morrison||Inside linebacker||Florida|
|5||155||Joe Haeg||Offensive tackle||North Dakota State|
|7||239||Trevor Bates||Outside linebacker||Maine|
On February 16, the NFL announced that the Colts would play the Green Bay Packers in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game. The game would have occurred on Sunday, August 7, at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio, but the game was cancelled due to field conditions. However, the two teams met during the regular season in Green Bay.
The remainder of the Colts' preseason opponents and schedule were later announced on April 7.
|HOF||August 7||vs. Green Bay Packers||Cancelled due to field conditions|
|1||August 13||at Buffalo Bills||W 19-18||1-0||Ralph Wilson Stadium||Recap|
|2||August 20||Baltimore Ravens||L 18-19||1-1||Lucas Oil Stadium||Recap|
|3||August 27||Philadelphia Eagles||L 23-33||1-2||Lucas Oil Stadium||Recap|
|4||September 1||at Cincinnati Bengals||W 13-10||2-2||Paul Brown Stadium||Recap|
|1||September 11||Detroit Lions||L 35-39||0-1||Lucas Oil Stadium||Recap|
|2||September 18||at Denver Broncos||L 20-34||0-2||Sports Authority Field at Mile High||Recap|
|3||September 25||San Diego Chargers||W 26-22||1-2||Lucas Oil Stadium||Recap|
|4||October 2||at Jacksonville Jaguars||L 27-30||1-3||Wembley Stadium (London, England)||Recap|
|5||October 9||Chicago Bears||W 29-23||2-3||Lucas Oil Stadium||Recap|
|6||October 16||at Houston Texans||L 23-26 (OT)||2-4||NRG Stadium||Recap|
|7||October 23||at Tennessee Titans||W 34-26||3-4||Nissan Stadium||Recap|
|8||October 30||Kansas City Chiefs||L 14-30||3-5||Lucas Oil Stadium||Recap|
|9||November 6||at Green Bay Packers||W 31-26||4-5||Lambeau Field||Recap|
|11||November 20||Tennessee Titans||W 24-17||5-5||Lucas Oil Stadium||Recap|
|12||November 24||Pittsburgh Steelers||L 7-28||5-6||Lucas Oil Stadium||Recap|
|13||December 5||at New York Jets||W 41-10||6-6||MetLife Stadium||Recap|
|14||December 11||Houston Texans||L 17-22||6-7||Lucas Oil Stadium||Recap|
|15||December 18||at Minnesota Vikings||W 34-6||7-7||U.S. Bank Stadium||Recap|
|16||December 24||at Oakland Raiders||L 25-33||7-8||Oakland Alameda Coliseum||Recap|
|17||January 1||Jacksonville Jaguars||W 24-20||8-8||Lucas Oil Stadium||Recap|
Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.
Andrew Luck would march the Colts down the field and score with 39 seconds remaining, but the Lions were able to pull out the win on a field goal by Matt Prater with 4 seconds left. The Colts would try the lateral play on the ensuing kickoff, but it would result in a safety. With the loss, the Colts started 0-1.
It was only a 3-3 game at the end of 1 quarter before CJ Anderson scored a 4-yard touchdown to take a 7-point lead. The teams would trade field goals to end the half with a 13-6 advantage for the Broncos. Robert Turbin would score a touchdown from 5 yards out to tie the game at 13. But from there, it was basically all Denver. Indy was outscored 21-7 after Turbin's touchdown, including a pick six by Aqib Talib and a scoop and score by Shane Ray off a Von Miller strip sack of Andrew Luck. Brandon McManus would also kick two field goals in that stretch as the Broncos advanced to 2-0 and the Colts fell to 0-2.
Although the Colts took an early lead in the first quarter, the Chargers kept the game close and a Josh Lambo field goal put them ahead midway through the fourth quarter; however, a 63-yard pass from Andrew Luck to T. Y. Hilton restored the Colts' advantage with less than a minute remaining, giving them their first win of the season. With the win, the Colts improved to 1-2.
With the loss, the Colts fell to 1-3.
With the win, the Colts improved to 2-3.
The Colts led 23-9 with less than three minutes to play, but a comeback by the Texans forced overtime, where they would win on a field goal. With the loss, the Colts fell to 2-4.
With the win, the Colts improved to 3-4. They also picked up their 10th straight win over the Titans.
In a rematch of the 2013 wildcard game, the Chiefs blew out the Colts easily, 30-14. With the loss, the Colts fell to 3-5.
This was the Colts' first victory at Lambeau Field since 1988.
With their 11th straight win over the Titans, the Colts improved to 5-5.
Quarterback Andrew Luck did not play due to a concussion, and his replacement Scott Tolzien was unable to prevent a 28-7 defeat, although he did throw a five-yard touchdown pass to Donte Moncrief early in the second quarter.
With the win, the Colts evened their record at 6-6.
With the loss, the Colts fell to 6-7 and were swept by the Texans for the first time in franchise history.
With the win, the Colts improved to 7-7 and remained just in the thick of the playoff race.
With the loss, the Colts fell to 7-8 and were officially eliminated from playoff contention for the second year in a row.
The Jaguars took a 17-0 lead during the second quarter, but the Colts were able to pull it back to 17-17 as the game moved into its final period. The Jaguars regained the lead with a 41-yard Jason Myers field goal inside the two-minute warning, but Andrew Luck led the Colts on a 75-yard drive that culminated with a 1-yard touchdown pass to Jack Doyle with four seconds remaining. With the win, the Colts ended their year 8-8 and snapped their two-game losing streak against the Jaguars.
|1||New England Patriots||East||14||2||0||.875||5-1||11-1||.439||.424||W7|
|2[a]||Kansas City Chiefs||West||12||4||0||.750||6-0||9-3||.508||.479||W2|
|Did not qualify for the playoffs|
|13[e]||New York Jets||East||5||11||0||.313||2-4||4-8||.518||.313||W1|
|14[e]||San Diego Chargers||West||5||11||0||.313||1-5||4-8||.543||.513||L5|