I can’t lie. It’s not tough to be a Colts’ fan these days. Therefore, my weekly “Why being a Broncos fan is better than…” post would be pretty lame. The Colts have won 21 straight regular season games, they’ve got Peyton Manning at the reins, and they’re the good guys of the NFL. I could make a joke about Manning looking like he belongs in the special Olympics or him having extra time to polish his MVP trophy last year because he didn’t make it to the Super Bowl, but the Broncos didn’t even make the playoffs.
Don’t get me wrong, being a Broncos fan is second to none. Despite the troubles that Mike Shanahan coached squads had with the Colts’, I still bleed orange and blue. I’m just saying the Colts don’t have many weak spots, at least on offense. I’m not going to bring up past records between the two squads because the Broncos have a completely different roster than in 2007 when the teams last met. All I can say is Sunday’s game will be much more physical than past meetings.
Along with the Chargers vs. Cowboys and Giants vs. Eagles games, this game has to be the best matchup of the weekend. There haven’t been two rookie head coaches who have seen this much success, and with history on the line, all eyes will be watching.
I foresee the Broncos giving the Colts a run for their money. No one expects them to win in Indy, so there isn’t a lot of outside pressure. I do suspect that Josh McDaniels expects his team to win, however. He expects them to win week in and week out, and that’s probably why the Broncos have been so successful this season. Self-fulfilling prophecy? I think so!
The Colts are a very beatable team when you look at the numbers. Six of their wins this season have come by four points or less. The teams they faced in those games were: Jacksonville, Miami, Seattle, San Francisco, New England, and Baltimore. Half of those teams are currently at .500 or below. Bottom line is the Colts are great in clutch situations, and they have the ability to strike down the stretch whether they’re coming from behind or trying to maintain a lead. However, they also have the potential to be taken down by a surprising team.
If the Broncos figure out how to stop Manning, then they blow the entire engine of that team. He enables them to go from 0 to 60 in 3.5 seconds. A lead is never safe with Peyton behind the wheel. All the Broncos can hope to do is let some air out of the tires by forcing turnovers, and letting the offense hold onto the ball.
Whatever happens on Sunday, the winner will hold a new standard in the NFL. Colts win and they set a new record for most consecutive regular season wins. Broncos win and they become a legit Super Bowl contender.
Nothing speaks louder than a road win against the best in the business.