Broncos are next challenge for unbeaten Colts
» Last meeting: Peyton Manning passed for 193 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Colts past the Broncos, 38-20, in Week 4 of the 2007 season.
» Streaks: Indianapolis has won four of the past five, but trails the overall series, 11-8, including the playoffs.
» Last week: The Colts completed a season sweep of the Titans by winning 27-17. ... The Broncos were undaunted going to Arrowhead as they clobbered the rival Chiefs, 44-13.
A duel of Pro Bowl players: While young up-and-comers like Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie have gotten much of the attention in Indianapolis, Reggie Wayne continues to be Peyton Manning's go-to receiver. He is putting up his customary superstar numbers with 83 catches for 1,035 yards and nine touchdowns. It will be up to Broncos standout CB Champ Bailey to help slow him down.
Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney coming off the edge: The defensive end tandem has combined for 20 sacks and six forced fumbles this year, but they face a stiff test against Denver's talented offensive line. If the Colts are able to win that battle and get some pressure on Kyle Orton, however, it may force him into some uncharacteristic mistakes.
Eddie Royal's return prowess: For Denver to hand Indianapolis its first loss, it will likely need to make some plays in special teams, and Royal is just the man for the task. He is one of the league's elite kickoff and punt returners, and by coming up with a few long returns, he could enhance the Broncos' chances at an upset.
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Indianapolis would set the NFL record for consecutive regular-season wins if it beats Denver (22). ... The Colts have the league's top-rated passing offense. ... Broncos RB Knowshon Moreno leads all rookies with 774 rushing yards. ... If the playoffs started today, the Colts would have the AFC's top seed, and the Broncos would be a wild-card team. Get an updated look at the postseason picture.ESPN.com
Place in the AFC West: 2nd
Record in third quarter: 2-2
Quarter MVP: Kyle Orton: Orton proved in this quarter that he is the leader of the team.
Third-quarter summary: It was a dramatic quarter for Denver. In the first half of the quarter, Denver completed a four-game losing streak, which culminated in a 29-point home loss to San Diego. The Broncos fell out of first place in the game. But the Broncos have bounced back in the past two games, continuing their season of streaks. Denver has won the past two games by a total of 51 points.
Fourth-quarter goal: Make the playoffs. It’s as simple as that. The Broncos trail San Diego by one game in the AFC West. But Denver is on pace to be the No. 5 seed and a wild-card team in the AFC playoffs. If Denver wins its two remaining home games – against Oakland and Kansas City – Denver will reach the 10-win plateau and it should advance to the postseason.
- Denver has won its last two games, including a 44-13 win at Kansas City last week, and has not trailed in either of those contests to mark the first time the club has accomplished that feat in three seasons.
- This week’s game features the most combined wins (20) by two rookie head coaches in NFL history with guiding Denver to eight victories and Jim Caldwell leading Indianapolis to 12 wins.
- The Broncos have averaged 191.5 rushing yards per game in the last two weeks for the second-best mark in the league during that time. Last week against the Chiefs, Denver totaled its best rushing output in a game in four years (245 yds.) while posting only one negative rush on 45 attempts.
- Rookie RB th most in the NFL since 1960 by a rookie through his team’s first 12 contests. , who leads NFL rookies in rushing yards (774) and yards from scrimmage (870), owns six 80-yard rushing games this year that tie for the 10
- QB , who attended Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., is 11-4 (.733) in his last 15 starts dating back to last year.
- OLB/DE leads the NFL with 15 sacks and is one sack away from tying Denver’s single-season sack record (16, Simon Fletcher, 1992). His league-leading 10 sacks on third downs tie for the second most in NFL history for a season since sacks were tracked starting in 1982.
- Led by long-time NFL defensive coordinator nd, 4.6), passing yards per game (2nd, 180.3), yards per game (3rd, 288.9), points per game (3rd, 16.8) and sacks (5th, 34). , the Broncos are the only team to rank among the league’s top five clubs defensively in yards per play (2
- ILB/FB registered four solo tackles on special teams last week against Kansas City. His 10 special-teams stops since making his season debut six weeks ago rank second in the NFL.
- K has made his last 11 field goal attempts and has accounted for an NFL-high 28 points during the last two weeks.
Well with Ryan Harris out for the year the Broncos are going to need a big game out of TP on the right side. He is going to need to block Mathis for the whole game if we are going to be in with a chance. It is really going to take a team effort in this game if we are going to hang with the Colts in this game. Our DBs are going to have to play off the chain to keep Manning on a leash. This is going to be one hell of a battle and I am looking forward to it. And as always are on Peyton Hillis watch to see what he can do for us.
Guys this game will be tough and really close. But I think this is a game the Broncos can and will win. Looking at the Colts schedule the Broncos are the only real competition left and no team goes undefeated in modern day football. I really believe this is the week that the Colts will lose and it will be massive for the Broncos. I am saying a 24 - 17 game, with the Broncos wining it late in the fourth quarter.
A Packer fan, a Colts fan and a Broncos fan were all in Saudi Arabia, sharing a smuggled crate of booze. All of a sudden the Saudi police rushed in and arrested them. The mere possession of alcohol is a severe offense in Saudi Arabia, so for the terrible crime of actually being caught consuming the booze, they were sentenced to death!
However, with the help of very good lawyers, they were able to successfully appeal their sentence down to life imprisonment. By a stroke of luck, it was a Saudi National holiday the day their trial finished, and the extremely benevolent Sheik decided they could be released after receiving just 20 lashes each of the whip. As they were preparing for their punishment, the Sheik suddenly said, "It's my first wife's birthday today, and she has asked me to allow each of you one wish before your whipping ."
The Packer fan was first in line (he had drunk the least), so he thought about this for a while and then said, "Please tie a pillow to my back."
This was done, but the pillow only lasted 10 lashes before the whip went through. The Packer fan had to be carried away bleeding and crying with pain when the punishment was done.
The Colts fan was next up (he almost finished an entire fifth by himself), and after watching the scene, said "All Right! Please fix two pillows on my back. But even two pillows could only take 15 lashes before the whip went through again, sending the Colts fan out crying like a little girl.
The Broncos fan was the last one up (he had finished off the crate), but before he could say anything, the Sheik turned to him and said, "You support the greatest team in the world, your team has some of the best and most loyal football fans in the world. For this, you may have two
"Thanks, your most Royal highness," the Broncos fan replies. "In recognition of your kindness, my first wish is that you give me not 20, but 100 lashes."
"Not only are you an honorable, handsome and powerful man, you are also very brave," the Sheik says with an admiring look on his face. "If 100 lashes is what you desire, then so be it. And your second wish? What is it to be?" the Sheik asks.
" Tie the Colts fan to my back."
Our boy Darrell Reid laying wood when he played for the Colts.
I found this and thought it was funny as!
That is it from me ~ Aussie out!