1985 Indianapolis Colts season

The 1985 Indianapolis Colts season was the 33rd season for the team in the National Football League (NFL) and second in Indianapolis. The Colts finished the year with a record of 5 wins and 11 losses, and fourth in the AFC East division. The Colts did improve on their 4-12 record from 1984, but missed the playoffs for the 8th straight season. This season was rather sluggish, as the Colts for most of the season alternated wins and losses. After starting out mediocre at 3-5, the Colts would then lose 6 straight to sit at 3-11 before winning their last 2 games to finish 5-11. This would be the only full season for head coach Rod Dowhower, as he was fired 13 games into the following season.

1985 Indianapolis Colts season
Head coachRod Dowhower
(1st season)
General managerJim Irsay
(Since 1984)
OwnerRobert Irsay
(Since 1972)
Home fieldHoosier Dome
Results
Record5–11
Division place4th AFC East
Playoff finishdid not qualify

PersonnelEdit

StaffEdit

1985 Indianapolis Colts staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

  • Offensive Coordinator/Running Backs – Billie Matthews
  • Quarterbacks – John Becker
  • Receivers – Chip Myers
  • Offensive Line – Tom Lovat
  • Assistant Offensive Line – Keith Rowen
Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – Keith Rowen

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Tom Zupancic

RosterEdit

1985 Indianapolis Colts roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad



Rookies in italics

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game Site Attendance
1 September 8, 1985 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 3–45 0–1 Three Rivers Stadium
57,279
2 September 15, 1985 at Miami Dolphins L 13–30 0–2 Miami Orange Bowl
53,693
3 September 22, 1985 Detroit Lions W 14–6 1–2 Hoosier Dome
60,042
4 September 29, 1985 at New York Jets L 20–25 1–3 The Meadowlands
61,987
5 October 6, 1985 Buffalo Bills W 49–17 2–3 Hoosier Dome
60,003
6 October 13, 1985 Denver Broncos L 10–15 2–4 Hoosier Dome
60,128
7 October 20, 1985 at Buffalo Bills L 9–21 2–5 Rich Stadium
28,430
8 October 27, 1985 Green Bay Packers W 37–10 3–5 Hoosier Dome
59,708
9 November 3, 1985 New York Jets L 17–35 3–6 Hoosier Dome
59,683
10 November 10, 1985 at New England Patriots L 15–34 3–7 Sullivan Stadium
59,708
11 November 17, 1985 Miami Dolphins L 20–34 3–8 Hoosier Dome
59,666
12 November 24, 1985 at Kansas City Chiefs L 7–20 3–9 Arrowhead Stadium
21,762
13 December 1, 1985 New England Patriots L 31–38 3–10 Hoosier Dome
56,740
14 December 8, 1985 at Chicago Bears L 10–17 3–11 Soldier Field
59,997
15 December 15, 1985 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 31–23 4–11 Tampa Stadium
25,577
16 December 22, 1985 Houston Oilers W 34–16 5–11 Hoosier Dome
55,818

StandingsEdit

AFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Miami Dolphins(2) 12 4 0 .750 6–2 9–3 428 320 W7
New York Jets(4) 11 5 0 .688 6–2 9–3 393 264 W1
New England Patriots(5) 11 5 0 .688 6–2 8–4 362 290 W1
Indianapolis Colts 5 11 0 .313 1–7 2–10 320 386 W2
Buffalo Bills 2 14 0 .125 1–7 2–12 200 381 L6

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See alsoEdit