The Colts’ offense got off to a hot start on Thursday night, but the Broncos’ defense looked like a Super Bowl-caliber unit over the final three quarters.
Indianapolis picked off Trevor Siemian on Denver’s first drive, and the offense made the most of it going 50 yards in seven plays. Jacoby Brissett capped off the drive with a touchdown scramble putting the Colts up 7-0.
After punting on their second drive, the offense put together another 50+ yard drive that ended with a field goal. Unfortunately, the Colts would only go on to score three more points for the entire game as they were suffocated by Denver’s defense.
Outside of those first three drives, the Colts only gained 97 yards on offense. They left their defense out to dry as they were unable to sustain any drives to keep Brock Osweiler and the Broncos’ offense off the field.
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Indianapolis finished the game gaining only 4.3 yards per play.
It’s hard to highlight anyone having a strong performance on the offensive side of the ball. Frank Gore was the team’s leading rusher with 31 yards rushing. However, he put together a gutsy performance just four days after rushing the ball 36 times as he had 37 yards receiving to go along with his rushing total.
The talent of Denver’s secondary was on full display as T.Y. Hilton was the only Colts receiver to catch a pass all night. He finished the game with 41 yards on 5 receptions.
Tight ends Jack Doyle and Ross Travis were the only other productive players in the passing game combining for 80 yards receiving.
This is yet another night that this Indianapolis offense would like to forget.