The one team that has given the Denver Broncos fits since, well, since Peyton Manning got good in the early 2000’s, is these Indianapolis Colts. Those demons looked to be exorcised as the Broncos under Trevor Siemian want to improve to 2-0 on the year.
Andrew Luck has proven a difficult adversary for this Broncos defense. Von Miller has never taken him down for a sack. A fact that Miller looks to rectify on Sunday while helping to drop the Colts to 0-2.
Kickoff is set for Sunday, September 8, 2016 at 2:25 p.m. Mile High time at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado.
TV schedule and TV channels
The game will air nationally on CBS (KUSA-TV) with Jim Nantz (play-by-play), Phil Simms (color analyst) and Tracey Wolfson (sideline reporting). If you are in the red, you will get the game on your local CBS station.
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).
Nationally, the game will be broadcast on ESPN Radio with Adam Amin (play-by-play), Mark Schlereth (color analyst) and Ian Fitzsimmons (sideline reporting).
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).
Spanish radio KNVR (1150 AM) will also broadcast the game with Javier Olivias (play-by-play), Carlos Valdez (color analyst) and Hector Salazar (sideline reporting).
The Broncos, after squeaking by the Carolina Panthers last week, are six-point favorites over the Colts. The line seems fairly high for a team that usually plays close games, especially against Luck and the Colts.
The latest participation report shows both Demaryius Thomas and Derek Wolfe as limited in practice, while Bennie Fowler is still not participating. On the Colts side of things, Vontae Davis is still being held of out of practice while Robert Mathis, Antonio Cromartie and Darius Butler were all limited.
Von Miller is quite focused on this game. He said a lot of interesting things on Thursday, but this one stood out to me when asked about getting to Colts quarterback Andrew Luck.
“He’s definitely tough,” said Von Miller after practice on Thursday. “You know, he’s ‘Andrew Luck.’ I think all of my years going against him, the respect that he should get, I feel like I haven’t given it to him. I feel like he’s one of the best quarterbacks in the league. I haven’t had a sack on him yet. I got close, but he just has that knack for keeping his eyes downfield, feeling the defense and still making great passes. This year, he looks even better. He’s able to roll and not have two guys on him and throw the crazy passes. Andrew Luck is definitely one of the best quarterbacks in the National Football League. You have to give respect when respect is due and his contract and his teammates and all of the respect that he’s getting from the Indianapolis Colts are definitely [earned].”
This rivalry has two phases. Pre-Manning and Manning. The Broncos dominated the Colts dating back to the 70s, building an impressive 9-2 record against the Colts up until John Elway retired. Since then, the Broncos are just 3-11. The Broncos now enter the Post-Manning era, so here’s to the pendulum swinging back in their favor.
I like the Broncos in this game. The defense is fired up to get some redemption over Luck and the Colts, while the Colts defense isn’t very good at all. Siemian and the offense should find plenty of success.
Still, I think Luck closes the gap late to make the game a close 24-20 affair with Denver coming out on top.