Gridiron Gab Week Three Preview – Indianapolis at Denver

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The Indianapolis Colts were coming off a big win over the New York Giants. Peyton Manning played well and looks to destroy the Broncos’ secondary as the Colts will face them in Denver tomorrow at 4:15.

The Broncos will be playing in this game, dealing with a loss to their team. It was wide receiver, Kevin McKinley, who died from a self-inflicted gun-shot wound. He would be pronounced dead. There have been other deaths struck to the Broncos in the past five years, others coming to kick-returner/cornerback Darrent Williams and running back Damien Nash.

The Colts will be a tough test for the full-hearted Broncos.

“We’ve got to play with him on our shoulders and in our hearts,” linebacker Wesley Woodyard said.

Both teams are 1-1. Peyton Manning has been hot so far, already having 668 passing yards and five touchdown passes. He was coming off of a 255-yard performance and two touchdowns, outplaying his brother Eli Manning in the team’s 38-14 win last week on Sunday Night.

“Peyton’s one of the best to play the position. We all know that,” Denver nickel back Nate Jones said. “He presents a challenge no matter who you have out there.”

The Broncos will definitely need their cornerbacks in Champ Bailey and Andre Goodman to play, or it’s going to be a long day for the Broncos’ defense, especially their secondary as guys like Dallas Clark, Austin Collie, Pierre Garcon, and Reggie Wayne will burn them down the field.

“It would be an important game obviously to have those guys available for,” Broncos coach Josh McDaniels said Monday. “And they’ll do everything they can do to make sure they’re ready for Sunday. And that’s really all we can tell right now. I don’t know if they’re going to be or not.”

The Colts played strong on the running game, having 92 yards rushing from Joseph Addai and another 69 from Donald Brown. The defense committed three turnovers, one scoring on a touchdown from defensive tackle Fili Moala. There were also sacks from defensive ends, Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney.

“We go into every game thinking this is what it is going to be,” Freeney said. “I think as a player you have to think that way, that we are going to shut these guys down.”

Indy hopes to get the pressure coming fast on Kyle Orton, who surprisingly is with the bunch of who have over 600 yards passing. Demaryius Thomas looks to have another good game, coming off a eight-catch, 97-yard performance last week as the Broncos burned the Seattle Seahawks.

“He’s a big, physical guy. He can really run,” Orton said. “There aren’t a lot of things he can’t do.”

The Colts’ run defense needs to pick it up. They allowed over 100 yards rushing in the past two games. They need to contain it on Knowshon Moreno and Correll Buckhalter.

The running game hopes to become effective again for the Colts. I see Addai rushing for about 80 yards. A great match-up to see is the game’s best left tackle, Ryan Clady, going up against one of the league’s best defensive ends, Dwight Freeney.

I see the Colts coming out on top by a victory near ten points over the Broncos.


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