Broncos vs. Colts: First Half Reactions and Analysis


Nov 8, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) leads his team onto the field for the first play of the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Broncos trail the Indianapolis Colts 17-7 going into the first half. It has not been pretty for the Broncos so far in this game as it appears that they are out of sync. And while the defense has been solid in the first seven games, they have yet to put any pressure on Andrew Luck.

Here are my takes from the first half of the game taking place at Lucas Oil Stadium this afternoon.

Peyton Manning throws an INT for the eighth straight game

For the eighth straight game, Peyton Manning has thrown an interception. Down 10-0, the Broncos were driving to score when an ill-advised Manning pass was tipped and intercepted by former Bronco Mike Adams. He ended up injuring himself on the play.

It remains to be seen when Manning will go through an entire game without throwing an interception. The interception led to a touchdown pass from Luck to make the score 17-0.

Defense Not Getting Enough Pressure

The Broncos defense has been known to put pressure on the quarterback. However, with the Colts running game and Luck scrambling all over the field, it has been difficult for the Broncos to get anything going on defense.

The first points by the Colts were also led by two penalties by the defense. A personal foul and hands to the face penalty gave the Colts 20 extra yards and the momentum to score.

In my honest opinion, I feel as if some of the calls that were made against the Broncos defense have been questionable at best. Hopefully the defense can figure out Luck and get something going.

Offense also not getting anything going

The Broncos have punted on all of their possessions except for one on offense in the first half. The one drive in which things appeared to look good, as mentioned above, ended with an interception.

It appears as if Manning has no choice but to throw the football. The running game has been out of sync and that has led to more passing from Manning. Especially deep shots.

Both sides of the football are going to need to wake up if they are going to have any chance of a comeback.

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Oh and a bonus, Omar Bolden returned a punt return 83 yards for a touchdown! The first special teams touchdown of the season for the Broncos this season!

The Indianapolis Colts will receive the ball to start the second half. We will need a comeback here today. Go Broncos!