The last time Peyton Manning returned to Indianapolis, things didn't go so well. Manning and the Broncos were riding a 17-game winning streak in the regular season only to fall behind Andrew Luck and company thanks to uncharacteristic mistakes from Manning and his teammates. A furious fourth quarter comeback attempt that saw the Broncos outscore the Colts 16-6 wasn't enough, and the Broncos lost their first game of the 2013 season 39-33.
"This is a game we need to learn from," Manning said then, admitting it was an emotional return for him. And after the Broncos lost to the Colts at home only ten months ago, the Broncos have had more tough lessons at the hands of the Colts.
Will those lessons learned carry into 2015?
The Broncos are trending in all the right directions; the Colts are trending in the wrong ones. On paper, Denver's No. 1 defense shouldn't have any trouble handling Luck and company, who have struggled this year and fired their offensive coordinator this week. But it's Any Given Sunday in the NFL, and we all know Manning will be a little extra-hyped for only his second game in Indianapolis since he was released by the team in the 2012 offseason.
But this isn't a one-man game. The Broncos defense is the NFL's best, and they'll be doing all they can to make sure they steal the show. Here's how to watch Broncos-Colts online, on TV, or listen to it on the radio, as well as highlights from our previews this week.
Kickoff is set for Sunday, November 8, 2015 at 2:25 p.m. Mile High time (that's 4:25 p.m. local Eastern time).
TV schedule and TV channels
The game will air on CBS (KCNC-TV in Denver), and if you're in the RED, you're getting the Broncos game this weekend on CBS in your area (sorry San Francisco and Tampa Bay).
Jim Nantz will cover play-by-play while Phil Simms will provide color commentary with Tracy Wolfson reporting from the sidelines.
Broncos defenders have chip on their shoulders
It would be easy to look past a 3-5 team. But when that 3-5 team is led by a competitive QB that handily beat you in the playoffs last year, you can be anything but complacent about the game.
NFL Game Pass offers live audio and re-airs after the game.
DirecTV's NFL Sunday Ticket has expanded its online streaming service. Verizon subscribers can watch games live with the NFL Mobile app (subscription required, and usual TV blackout rules apply even online).
Colorado can listen on KOA (850 AM) or The Fox (133.5 FM) with Dave Logan (play-by-play), Ed McCaffrey (color analyst) and Andy Lindahl (sideline reporting).
The Broncos put left tackle Ty Sambrailo on Injured Reserve this week, meaning third-string LT Ryan Harris and fourth-string LT Tyler Polumbus will continue to share left tackle responsibilities (as they've been doing since Week 5). For the Broncos, starting running back Ronnie Hillman is questionable. For the Colts, T.Y. Hilton is questionable.
"I can't really speak a whole lot to that beforehand, but I think the fact that we have been there and played them—obviously, we're focused on this game," Manning said when asked about the difference between this year's return to Indianapolis and 2013's. "We're playing in an extremely loud place. We've got a lot on our plate each week trying to kind of figure out what we're doing and trying to get everybody here on the same page. That's plenty to focus on. Between that and getting ready to play a team in a loud environment, it's kind of easy just to focus on that."
The Broncos are 5.5-point favorites on the road against the Colts, after opening as three-point favorites early in the week.