The Indianapolis Colts, once again showing their flawless execution, took the Denver Broncos’ best shot, yet the Broncos couldn’t capitalize on an early 10-0 first quarter lead. Some surprise reinforcements after a slew of injuries and some masterful ball control (the Colts scored on six of their last eight possessions) propelled the Colts to a 38-20 win over the Denver Broncos.
Although the Broncos had an impressive rushing attack, led by running back Travis Henry (26 carries, 131 yards), they couldn’t capitalize. Denver, as previously noted, had an early 10-0 lead which looked even more imposing due to an injury to Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison. Harrison left in the 2nd quarter with a bruised left knee. But as is his custom, Colts quarterback Peyton Manning led the Colts’ charge, going 20-for-27 for 193 yards with 3 touchdown passes while adding a rushing TD in gaining a 14-13 lead for the Colts.
Manning took over in the 2nd half by doing a QB sneak to make it 21-13 Colts, then took advantage of a interception by Colts cornerback Marlin Jackson by throwing a 3-yard TD pass to tight end Dallas Clark for an insurmountable 28-13 lead. Broncos QB Jay Cutler countered with a 2-yard TD run to make it 28-20, but the Colts added another score when Manning threw a 5-yard TD pass to Reggie Wayne to make the score 35-20. But the game proved to be somewhat costly to the Colts.
As mentioned previously, Colts WR Marvin Harrison left the game in the 2nd quarter with a bruised knee. Also leaving the game were Colts linebacker Rob Morris, who was carted off the field with a sprained left knee. Also leaving the game with injuries were Bob Sanders with injured ribs and RB Joseph Addai sitting much of the 4th quarter with an injured shoulder. The Broncos lost Henry briefly with a sprained right ankle.
Besides Manning’s 193 yards and 3 TD passes, Addai rushed 19 times for 136 yards and a TD and Clark caught 6 passes for 76 yards and 2 TD’s. Leading the Broncos was RB Travis Henry with 26 carries for 131 yards; QB Jay Cutler had a subpar day, going 13-for-21 for 131 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT. The undefeated Colts go back to the RCA Dome to face the 3-1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, while the 2-2 Broncos return to Denver to face the 1-3 San Diego Chargers.