Peyton Manning has Denver 6-0 this season. Image courtesy of nbcsports.com
Expect the emotion to be overflowing on Monday morning (AEST) when Peyton Manning returns to his home of 14 years, Indianapolis , for Denver’s clash with the Colts. While the lead-up will be all about the return of the prodigal son, this match will be vital for two teams currently leading their respective divisions.
Manning led the Colts to two Super Bowls, winning one, but the Broncos have reaped the benefits after showing faith in the four-time MVP after he returned from a year out following neck surgery. The 37-year-old has his team on a 17-game winning streak in the regular season and it is the fifth time in his career he has started a season 6-0. He has thrown 22 touchdown passes and just two interceptions this campaign with his Broncos going on a weekly scoring blitz.
Manning came to the Colts via the first pick in the 1998 draft, and it seems Indy is on to another gem after getting Andrew Luck in the same spot in the 2012 draft. He went down in his Monday Night Football debut against the Chargers in Week 6, though. Luck went 18-30 for 202 yards with one interception in the 19-9 defeat, as the Colts went down on the road for the first time this season. The Broncos have been bolstered on ‘D’ by the return of cornerback Champ Bailey last week, while linebacker Von Miller is back from suspension in time for this contest. Even so, they’ll have to pick up a defensive line-up ranked worst in the NFL against the pass.
Indianapolis is one team with the cattle to put the clamps on Manning and his rampant Broncos offence. The Colts have the fifth best pass defence in the NFL conceding just over 200 yards per game. In saying that, Denver is averaging 360 yards per game through the air, so Indy’s secondary will be given a workout. The Broncos have scored at least 35 points in each start so far and have set an NFL record for the most points in the first six weeks of a season.
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