Oct 18, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) throws a pass against the New England Patriots in the first half during the NFL game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
It is the least favorite time for Broncos fans this weekend. No game in which we get to see the Broncos take the field. But perhaps not all is lost.
With the Bengals, Packers, and Bears also on their bye, it was challenging to see what games Broncos fans should really keep their eyes on this week. In fact, only two undefeated teams will be in action this weekend.
So, what games should Broncos fans pay attention to? I decided to narrow it down to games that will make an impact for the Broncos during the second half of the season. That can vary between games that teams in the division have as well as games featuring AFC opponents that could make an impact on the playoff race.
As it stands currently, the Denver Broncos sit at least three and a half games ahead of the Oakland Raiders for the division lead. The Chargers are four games behind and the Chiefs are five games behind.
If the season were to end today, the Broncos would be the number two seed in the conference behind the Bengals. Since they do not play this weekend, there will be no change up in those regards. But there could be some movement at the bottom.
Let us take a look at the key games that Broncos fans should at least keep an eye out for this week. This list is in no particular order of importance, but will be listed by what time the teams play. The first three games mentioned play at 1:00 PM EST/11:00 AM MST.
New Orleans Saints vs. Indianapolis Colts
The Saints travel to the place that Peyton Manning build to take on a Colts team. This game is important for Broncos fans to pay attention to because of the team that is featured.
The Broncos square off against the Colts in Week 9, so this will give the team at least some idea on how they will do. As it stands now, the Colts are 3-3 on the year after losing to the Patriots last week.
The Colts have been somewhat of back and forth team. The team started 1-2 when Andrew Luck was forced to miss time with an injury. However, his backup Matt Hasselbeck won his two starts as the starting quarterback. Luck returned last week in the loss.
There is no doubt that Luck is the quarterback of the future for this franchise, but this game should really speak volumes on what the Broncos can do to find a blue print for success. The team is 1-2 against Luck since he was drafted by the Colts.
The Colts will travel to Charlotte to face the Panthers on Monday night before the welcome the Broncos. So, depending on how the Colts vs Saints game goes, it will be interesting.
Next: Chiefs vs. Steelers