Indianapolis (0-1) at Denver (1-0)
When: Sunday, September 18th 2016
Where: Sports Authority Field, Denver, CO
Time: 4:25 ET | TV: CBS
The Indianapolis Colts will try and bounce back from a devastating loss in Week 1 when they visit the Denver Broncos on Sunday afternoon. Andrew Luck’s TD pass to Jack Doyle gave the Colts a 35-34 lead with 37 seconds remaining against Detroit last Sunday. The Lions marched right down the field to kick the winning field goal and adding a safety for the 39-35 win. Luck was terrific passing for 385 yards, four touchdowns, and no interceptions to give the Colts the 3rd ranked offense after Week 1. The Broncos beat up Luck so bad in Week 9 last season that he suffered a lacerated kidney. The defense is another story. They allowed the most points in the NFL last week including 448 yards of total offense. The Colts have a lengthy list of injuries on defense but are not using that as an excuse. “We always talk about how this is an offensive team,” safety Mike Adams told ESPN.com. “As a defense, we were saying, ‘Let’s take that out of their hands. Let us be a defensive team.’ We failed. There’s no panic, believe it.”
There’s no problem with the aggressive Denver defense as they knocked around Cam Newton in Week 1 so bad that the NFL to hand out fines to safety Darian Stewart and linebacker Brandon Marshall. The question is whether or not the offense can be good enough to help this team back to the Super Bowl. Trevor Siemian beat out Mark Sanchez in training camp for the right to replace the legendary Peyton Manning and was solid in Week 1 with 178 passing yards on an efficient 18-of-26 passing and a touchdown while guiding the team back from a 10-point halftime deficit. Siemian got plenty of help from running back C.J. Anderson, who rushed for a TD and hauled in a scoring pass. WR Demaryius Thomas, who caught four passes for 48 yards in the opener, is questionable due to a hip injury.
I don’t care that the Colts have covered the spread eight straight meetings with the Broncos. All of those games involved Manning one way or another. This Indianapolis team can’t stop anyone and the Denver defense is ferocious. The Colts will struggle to score 20 points in this one as Denver rolls.
Pick: Broncos -6