2. Don’t let Russell Wilson and the Broncos offense cook
Coming into this matchup, Russell Wilson has thrown five touchdown passes to one interception. While those do not look like bad numbers, the first four games for Wilson and the Broncos have not gone as planned offensively. The Colts need to make it a priority to get after Wilson and make it hard on him.
The Colts have already played a couple of quarterbacks similar to the style of play that Russell Wilson has. The major key with Wilson is to not give him time to survey the defense and keep him in the pocket. Wilson is getting sacked three times per game so far to start this season. In order for the Colts to be successful, they are going to have to get after Wilson.
The Broncos are going to be shorthanded offensively after losing promising running back Javonte Williams for the year to an ACL injury. That does not mean that this offense will be any less explosive. Jerry Jeudy, Cortland Sutton, and Melvin Gordon are all guys that will have an impact on this game in a large way. Indy must try to contain these guys as much as possible.
The numbers show that the more you make it hard on Wilson, the better chance you have. Some teams have a reliable running back that they can lean on when the quarterback is having a rough day, but the Broncos do not. One of the main goals for the Colts on Thursday needs to be getting Wilson on the ground as often as possible.