Intriguing Game-Week Nine
Broncos (7-0) at Colts (3-5)
Broncos: The bye week was much-needed and when they came back, they put together their most complete game of the season. Peyton didn’t throw any touchdown passes, but I was extremely impressed with what he did in terms of throwing the football. His passes had some zip to it and he was stepping into his throws and most importantly, his offensive line gave him time to throw. This could be a good sign of things moving forward but let’s also remember that the weather is changing so we won’t know about his arm strength. The Broncos defense showed it was elite last Sunday night against Green Bay. They shut a prolific offense down and held Aaron Rodgers to 77 yards passing. For just the second time in his career, Peyton will be back in Indianapolis as a visitor.
Colts: They’ve been a mess all season long. The offensive line hasn’t protected Andrew Luck and their defense has been a joke. I was stunned when they fired Pep Hamilton but now I see why the move was made because he simply depended on the big play down the field way too much and he never incorporated his two tight ends into the game plan. Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen are both mismatches all over the field, use them! I was impressed with their fight to come back on Monday night. They almost handed an undefeated Panthers team a loss for the first time this season. Sunday afternoon, the Colts will welcome a guy who knows Lucas Oil all too well.
Prediction: When Peyton made his first return to Indianapolis, I remember saying that his emotions will be in check come kickoff and in that game, the Colts beat an undefeated Broncos team. I’m curious to see what Denver will do now as an offense especially after acquiring Vernon Davis in a trade on Monday. He now gives them a solid third option behind Thomas and Sanders. The Colts just need to simply take care of the football which might be easier said than done against this defense. I like Denver in this one. Broncos 31 Colts 17