The Mile High Report staff gives their score predictions for Week 2 of the 2016 NFL Season. The Denver Broncos have some demons to exorcise against the Indianapolis Colts as they have lost eight of their last nine games against this franchise.
The consensus score for this game from all of us is 27-16, Broncos win. That includes Brandon Perna’s 30-27 score prediction in the above video.
Broncos 24, Colts 3
Denver's defense will be pissed off after all the talk about them cheating and playing dirty, and the fact that they didn't play so well against Carolina at times. They'll come out swarming Andrew Luck and destroy the Colts offense, and score at least one defensive TD. On the offensive side, The beat up Colts secondary will be no match for Emmanuel Sanders and DT, and we'll get it going through the air early, and pound the rock late. I'm predicting an epic beatdown. - NastyJ
Broncos 24, Colts 10
The Indianapolis Colts are just not regular season ready. They have too many issues on both sides of the football to be effective. The problems in the Colts secondary leads to some big plays from DT and Sanders. Virgil Green gets his touchdown that he should have had in week one, and CJ Anderson has another big game. Siemian remains efficient, and limits the turnovers. The defense stays nasty, and looks to make a statement against a team that has beaten them the last two times they played. Broncos run away with it 24-10. - Adam Malnati
Broncos 31, Colts 17
The Broncos offensive line dominated the Carolina Panthers front 7 which so happens to be one of the best in the league in week one. Now they face arguably one of the worse defenses and front sevens in the entire NFL, so I think CJ has himself a day. 150 yards, 2 touchdowns(I'll be one happy fantasy owner too). Siemian should find some success against the Colts secondary as well. Look for Sanders to have himself a big game, and Jeff Heuerman gets himself a touchdown catch in his first NFL game.
Luck will have some success against the Broncos defense, but ultimately they will stop him enough times to come away with the victory. - Scotty Payne
Broncos 27, Colts 13
Von Miller will finally get his payday on Andrew Luck with two sacks to the QB, leading the defense to a successful stop while the Broncos offense rolls over a limping Colts defense. The bad "Luck" charm that has haunted the Broncos against this team the last four meetings will finally come to an end. - Laurie Lattimore-Volkmann
Broncos 34, Colts 20
The Broncos will have met their match this year with the Colts. Without Manning, there will be no storyline distractions, and the Colts defense looks as bad as ever. If the Broncos can avoid costly turnovers, it shouldn't be a close game. - Kelly Fleming
Broncos 28, Colts 13
The Colts have had our number in recent years, but this week all of that changes. The Kubiak offense is going to show a glimpse of what it is capable of this week against a soft Indianapolis defense. The defense is going to bring the heat on Andrew Luck. Look for a dominating performance from the Denver Broncos on both sides of the ball. - Sadaraine
Broncos 30, Colts 16
The last time the Broncos played the Colts in Denver our team was led by a group of coaches who already had one foot out of the door. From most accounts Fox had already lined up his job in Chicago and Del Rio had already lined up his job in Jokeland (soon-to-be Las Vegas). This rubbed off on the team and they played lackluster, uninspired football (with a few exceptions - love ya, CJ) as we got bounced in the divisional round. That is not going to happen ever again while TYJE is the GM. This team will go not go down without a fight - ever. That attitude and that mentality is going to lead to a good old-fashioned butt-whooping of the Colts this weekend in Denver.
The defense is going to make life miserable for Andrew Luck (we only sacked him once last year in the loss) and sack him multiple times while hitting him on almost every throw (like last year). This pressure will lead to at least one interception. Our offense this year while do something in the first half (last year our offense ran 29 plays for 95 yards, 5 punts and one INT in the first half) and give us a comfortable lead then they will figure out how to play with a lead by chewing up large portions of the clock with our improved running game in the second half. - Joe Mahoney
Broncos 26, Colts 20
In week one Indianapolis was passed on 70% of the time, this would certainly be the opposite of Denver's plan to hand the ball off to C.J. Anderson until he pukes and then slap rookie Devontae Booker on the back as he replaces Anderson and the Broncos continue to run. In week one the Carolina Panthers had little issue stopping Denver's interior runs (between the tackles), but Anderson averaged 7.4 yards-per-carry on runs off and outside the tackle. This just so happens to be where the Colts gave up 5.6 yard-per-carry in week one. That kind of seems like the opposite of luck if you're a fan of professional football in Indianapolis. Really what this week is, is one of the rare opportunities this season that quarterback Trevor Siemian will have to prove that he deserves to be the starting quarterback for the Broncos. We shall see. - Ian Henson
Broncos 20, Colts 13
The recipe for a win on Sunday over Andrew Luck and the Colts is simple, at least in thought. The Broncos need to run the ball and dominate the line of scrimmage. That will control time of possession and keep Luck on the sidelines. If Denver runs the ball as it should against the depleted and not very good Indy defense, that should open the passing game for Trevor Siemian, at least in thought. It’s imperative the Broncos score touchdowns and not turn the ball over. We’ve seen how effective Denver is running the ball, the question remains at quarterback. The recipe is there, as are the materials. The only thing left to do is put it all together. - Ian St. Clair
Broncos 24, Colts 20
The Broncos are favored by six points, but I just don’t see this team winning by double digits against a quarterback like Luck. The Colts have the Broncos number, but that will finally change in another nail biter of a game. The Broncos get that early lead and the defense staves off a late comeback attempt from Luck. - Tim Lynch