Broncos Suffer First Loss of the Season

Broncos Cornerback Aqib Talib effectively sealed the loss with his personal foul late in the game. Photo Courtesy: Jeffrey Beall
Broncos CB Aqib Talib essentially sealed the loss with his personal foul late in the game.
Photo Courtesy: Jeffrey Beall

By Da’Vince “Dino” Wright

I was waiting for the fireworks to go off for Peyton Manning at Lucas Oil Stadium. The game didn’t turn out the way Broncos faithful wanted it to. We wanted to see Manning break two records and beat the Colts. Well he came close to the records and the win, but we’ll have to wait another week. Final score of this one: Broncos 24 – Colts 27. Let’s take a look at what happened to the Broncos.

Broncos Offense
Peyton Manning’s interception with 3 minutes left in the game shut the door on the comeback for the Broncos. Denver fell behind 17 points but came back to make a run at winning the game in the 4th quarter. Peyton looked lost in the first half. He rushed passes that he usually throws in his sleep. The Colts defense exposed the O-line of the Broncos leaving Manning looking otherwise shaken under center. Manning passed for 281 yards, but the two turnovers were costly in this one. The running game was invisible, C.J. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman combined for 35 yards. Owen Daniels and Emmanuel Sanders caught a touchdown each.

Broncos Defense
The Broncos defense was dominant coming into this game. Against the Colts, the Broncos defense cost the team in the 3rd and 4th quarter with two of the dumbest penalties on the planet. Well now we know the defense can win it and lose it in the same game. Why play hard just to give it away! I can’t believe that Aqib Talib cost the team by poking Colts TE Dwayne Allen in the eye. Wow! The whole state of Colorado got quiet. But, you live and learn and take it out on the next team you play. Andrew Luck looked like he was in control the whole game passing for 21/36, 252 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Next Game
The Kansas City Chiefs will be waiting for the Broncos. The Chiefs are struggling but will be a well rested team that is dangerous. This will be a good game across the board. Will Manning break the records next week? All-time passing yards, yes. All-time wins, hopefully. Will the Broncos defense get back on track or will they continue to topple down into a really bad slump? We shall see next Sunday at 3:25 p.m. CT.