The Indianapolis Colts are heading into a string of games against sub-par teams this season and are looking to make the most of it. This week they take on the Denver Broncos (2-5) for another AFC West matchup.
The Colts are looking to advance to 6-2 on the season and take a firm lead in the AFC South rather than just their half-game lead currently. Standing in their way is the Broncos who have a bad offense but a defense that is legit. Whether rush or pass defense, the Broncos have a top tier defense and can beat you in a variety of ways.
Looking back at last week, the Broncos got beat 30-6 at home by the Chiefs, a game where Patrick Mahomes left early in the second quarter due to an injury. Matt Moore stepped in to get the win and the team still put up 20 points after he left the game – 7 on a sack/fumble return by the defense. Denver did not play well and the Broncos allowed 5 sacks on the day totaling 35 yards lost and a touchdown given up by a fumble recovery.
While the Broncos passing offense is bad – it’s worse now that Emmanual Sanders was shipped out of town to the 49ers – their rushing offense is better mostly due to their combination of running backs with Royce Freeman and Phillip Lindsay. While both have strengths and weaknesses, the goal for the Colts is to get up early and force the Broncos to abandon the run.
Here are a few things the Colts can do to win the game against Denver this weekend.