Denver Broncos vs. Indianapolis Colts
Sunday – November 8 – 3:25 pm CT
Lucas Oil Stadium – Indianapolis, Indiana
Everyone is calling this the “Peyton Manning Final Tour”. This might be the last time he plays in the stadium that he built. The Colts have history in the beginning of the league when tickets were $3 and beers were $2. Now in the age of million dollar players and coaches, Manning gave that organization credibility when he played there. Being replaced by the future after Manning was injured left a sour taste in his mouth. I plan to see him walk back on to the field he made and kick the owner, coaches, GM and Colts faithful right between the legs. This is how he is going to do it.
C. J. Anderson is the key. The Colts struggle with stopping the run. He can help gain control of the clock and run inside/outside the tackles. Why you ask? The Colts are giving up 79 plus yards on the ground in the second half. Manning should give them a heavy dose of new TE Vernon Davis from the 49ers. Manning should be able to control the clock with the run and pass. Keeping him in the Pistol Set will keep him comfortable throughout the game. Manning can pass Brett Farve for the most wins in NFL history with a victory on Sunday. “He still has a lot in the tank!”, said Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak. “Manning will play the game at his pace because he trusts the system now.” Demariyus Thomas and Vernon Davis makes a great combination for catching passes from Manning.
The Broncos defense isn’t likely to let the Colts back into the game once Denver gets a lead. The corners will jam the Colts receivers from start to finish, but Andre Johnson is a beast coming off the line. There’s no worry for the guys on the outside. ‘They’re physical and fast”, said Johnson. “This will be a good match up on the right and left side of the offense.” DeMarcus Ware has to mirror Frank Gore. Gore is a work horse that carries the ball 10-15 times in the first half, but he has a problem with fumbling. It’s safe to say the defense will perform at a high level again this week.
The Broncos by 17. Manning will pass for 300+ plus yards this week. C. J. Anderson will grind out the clock between the tackles. Look for the Colts to fight but struggle near the end of this one.
Broncos 34 – Colts 17