It seems like the Indianapolis Colts find ways to win, despite obstacles that would hurt other NFL teams. They are without the services of wide receivers Pierre Garcon and Anthony Gonzalez, leaving Reggie Wayne and Austin Collie as the main wideouts for the Colts.
None of that mattered to Peyton Manning as his WR of the day would be Collie. Manning threw for three touchdowns while Collie caught a dozen passes for a career-high 171 yards and a pair of scores, allowing Indianapolis to escape Invesco Field with the 27-13 victory Sunday afternoon.
The running attacks for both teams were pretty much non-existent as both teams combined to rush for a meager 87 yards. But Manning and Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton made up for the lack of running.
Rookie miscues doomed Denver as Indianapolis took advantage and would take a 13-3 lead at halftime, courtesy of bad special teams by the Broncos’ Perrish Cox and a bad pass route ran by Demaryius Thomas, which led to an interception by the Colts’ Jacob Lacey.
Manning hooked up with reserve WR Blair White for a 9-yard TD pass, giving Indianapolis a 20-10 advantage wth 4:51 left in the third quarter. A 34-yard FG by Matt Prater got Denver to within 20-13, but Manning sealed the deal with a TD strike to Collie, putting the Colts for good at 27-13.
Manning had his typical decent effort, going 27-of-43 for 325 yards with 3 TDs while Orton went 37-of-57 for a record 476 yards along with a TD and INT.
Jsoeph Addai led the Colts rushers with 29 yards while newly acquired Laurence Maroney led the Broncos with 24 rushing yards.
Collie led all Colts receivers with 12 receptions for 171 yards and 2 TDs while Reggie Wayne caught 4 for 65 yards. Brandon Lloyd led the Broncos receivers with 6 receptions for 169 yards and a score while Jabar Gaffney caught 12 for 140 yards.
Indianapolis (2-1), winners of two straight, fly to Jacksonville to take on the Jaguars next Sunday while Denver (1-2) travels to Nashville to take on the Tennessee Titans – also next Sunday.