Monday, October 21, 2013


Former Indianapolis Colts Quarterback Peyton Manning returned to Lucas Oil Stadium, this time wearing a Denver Broncos jersey. I had the privelage to go to the game, and it was LOUD. Peyton Manning could not get off his audibles at the line of scrimmage multiple times, leading to a Broncos false start or timeout. Andrew Luck played the game of his career completing 21 of 31 passes for three pass touchdowns and 228 yards, he also rushed for 29 yards on 4 carries and a rush touchdown. Manning and the Broncos struck first with a 17 yard touchdown pass. The Colts responded with a 27 yard field-goal by kicker Adam Vinatieri. The Broncos star Punt returner Trindon Holiday then fumbled the ball and the Colts recovered, leading to an 11 yard touchdown pass. Indianapolis didn't trail for the rest of the game, at one point leading 33-14. The Broncos committed a season-high 5 turnovers. Peyton Manning completed 29 of 49 passes for 386 yards three touchdowns and an interception. Manning also lost two fumbles, which hurt the Broncos chance's in this game. Knowshon Moreno led all players in rushing with 40 yards on 15 carries and a touchdown. Trent Richardson of the Colts struggled once again, rushing for just 37 yards on 14 carries and also lost 2 fumbles which led the Colts to go with backup Donald Brown who managed just 23 yards on 11 carries. Eric Decker, Demaryius Thomas, and Julius Thomas caught the touchdown passes for Denver. Coby Fleener, Darrius Heyward-Bey, and Stanley Havili all had touchdown receptions for Indianapolis. The Colts handed the Broncos their first loss of the season and improved to 5-2 going into the bye week. But the win did not come without a price, as Indy's star receiver Reggie Wayne, who caught 5 passes for 50 yards in the game, tore his ACL and is likely done for the season. The Colts may look to trade for receiver Josh Gordon of the Browns, although don't be surprised if they make an attempt to trade for Hakeem Nicks or Kenny Britt of the Giants and Titans. The Colts nearly blew a 19 point lead in the fourth quarter, but a late turnover by Manning all but ended Denver's hope of victory. Manning and the Broncos will look to get back on track next week when they host Robert Griffin III and the Redskins in Denver.

Final Score: Denver 33-39 Indianapolis

Game MVP: Andrew Luck

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