The Indianapolis Colts rolled over the Denver Broncos in a horse vs. horse match-up. The baby Colt beat the tough, ferocious Bronco in a 27-13 victory. Peyton Manning played without Anthony Gonzalez and Pierre Garcon, but was able to make it through as the Colts managed to cruise towards a 2-1 record.
The Denver Broncos played with high hearts, due to the loss of teammate Kevin McKinley, who died of a self-inflicted gun shot. With a No. 11 stick patched on to the back of their helmet, the Broncos played strong and were able to make the most of it in this game. They came within a 13-10 deficit.
What really ruined the Broncos, however, was a fourth down and three play. They were in the red zone and could have easily made a field goal and be down 20-16 with about eight minutes to go along with one, maybe even two, shots to come back and win the game. But no, they went for it. And the pass was way off.
From there, it was pretty much over. The next possession would be for the Colts, marching down the field as Peyton Manning connected to Austin Collie on a long touchdown pass to make it 27-13. From there, it was all over. The Colts win. With this loss, the Denver Broncos move down to 1-2.
Kyle Orton threw for a career-high 476 passing yards. He was also 37-of-57 with one touchdown and only one interception, going for a 89.5 rating. Peyton Manning connected on 27 passes of 43 attempts for 325 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions. This would go down for a 109.2 rating, outperforming Orton.
Collie has been dominant all season so far, and could go towards a Pro Bowl if he keeps this performance up. He had another great showing, having a career-high of twelve catches for 171 yards and two touchdowns, filling in for Garcon who was out with a hamstring injury.
Blair White would fill in, as he came right off the team’s practice squad roster. White did well, having a touchdown in a game and proving to the NFL of what he is made of. He performed exceptionally well in the pre-season, and is transferring it to the regular season. I hope to see more from him.
The game seemed a lot closer than what the scoreboard showed. The Broncos played great and I give them props for it.
The rushing game for the Colts was nothing compared to what they did last week versus the New York Giants. Joseph Addai ran for 29 yards on 13 carries. This would go for a terrible 2.2 yards-per-carry average. Donald Brown wasn’t any better, having twelve yards on seven rushes, going 1.7 in yards-per-carry.
Laurence Maroney did well in his Broncos’ debut, although the stat-total didn’t show it as he rushed for 24 yards on twelve carries. Correll Buckhalter had twelve yards on four carries.
Reggie Wayne caught four passes for 65 yards, as he was covered very well by Champ Bailey. This would open up another great performance for Collie. But that stat-total that Wayne had is really good when you are going up against a cornerback in Champ Bailey.
Brandon Lloyd played great, catching six passes for 169 yards along with a touchdown. He also had a very important 61-yard pass that would almost go for a touchdown before being stopped in the red zone area. Jabar Gaffney also played well, catching twelve passes for 140 yards.
The Colts will travel to Jacksonville to face the Jaguars next week. Meanwhile, the Broncos will travel to Tennessee to face the Titans.
Great game overall, Colts. Nice job!