The Indianapolis Colts are coming of a brutal home loss last Sunday to open up the 2016 season! The Broncos got lucky in their season opener as the Panthers missed a game winning field goal on the last play of the game. Here is a look at the matchups in this game:
When the Colts have the ball: The Colts are going to come out throwing the ball tomorrow against the Broncos. For them to have success, they are going to need to keep OLBs Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware out of the backfield. That will be easier said than done, as they combined for 2.5 sacks last week against the Panthers. Even if Andrew Luck has time to throw the ball, he’s going to have to be careful with it, as the Broncos have a lot of ballhawks in their secondary! That being said, WRs Phillip Dorsett, T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief are all fast enough to get deep on almost any team. Look for Luck to keep the TEs heavily involved in the passing game to make the Broncos pay for double teaming any of their WRs. Dwayne Allen and Jack Doyle (the TEs) combined for 7 catches for 88 yards (12.6 avg) with 3 TD grabs against the Lions last weekend. Frank Gore will be asking for the coaches to give him the ball a lot against a Broncos’ D that gave up 157 yards rushing and 4.9 yards per carry last week!
When the Broncos have the ball: Even though the Colts have a lot of injuries in their secondary, I still see the Broncos being a run first team with C.J. Anderson getting the bulk of the work. He is a power runner with speed, who is also good at catching passes out of the backfield. ILBs D’Qwell Jackson and Sio Moore better be ready for a lot of work against Anderson and they need to slow him down! Broncos’ QB Trevor Siemian has a weak arm and he threw 2 pickoffs against a young Panthers’ secondary. Demaryius Thomas has a hip injury and he’s iffy to play in this game, but they still have a big time receiver in Emmanuel Sanders. If the Colts can get some semblance of a pass rush, they could force Siemian into some mistakes with the football.
PREDICTION: COLTS 23, BRONCOS 20