Oct 20, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) walks off the field in the fourth quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
It’s Broncos vs. Colts game week, and we’re officially past the midway point of the week. Gameday is almost here, Broncos fans.
I can feel it in the air.
That being said, there’s always going to be a million interesting storylines and stats, but one that I think is particularly intriguing is the fact that Peyton Manning has, throughout his NFL career, beaten every team in the NFL except for the Colts.
He had a shot in 2013 when the Broncos visited Indianapolis in a week seven showdown, but came up short for a number of reasons (primarily Ronnie Hillman’s fumble).
The Colts threw Peyton a pre-game ceremony and it clearly affected him deeply enough to rattle his cage a bit, and his game was way off until the second half when all hope was nearly lost.
This time around, Manning says his team is ready, and playing in Denver should give him the mental edge in what figures to be a potential AFC playoff matchup between Manning and his successor with the Colts, NFL phenom Andrew Luck.
I don’t know why I find that stat so interesting, but for some reason I feel like it gives the Broncos good karma. Certain trends and stats seem made to be surpassed or broken, and this feels like one of them.
I don’t know if Peyton is going to come out and throw seven touchdowns in the opener like he did last season (he might throw eight…), but I think he and the Broncos are fired up, ready to prove that last year’s finish (trying to forget) was a fluke and not who this team really is.