NFL Preview: Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos

It’s week 1 of the National Football League season, and the Sunday Night Football game spotlights the Indianapolis Colts at the Denver Broncos. The Colts look to be one of the favorites in the AFC, and definitely a huge favorite in the AFC South. Indianapolis won their division a season ago. For Denver, they are coming off a trip to the Super Bowl, and a loss to the Seattle Seahawks. The Broncos won the AFC West, where both Kansas City and San Diego also reached the postseason. This game also features quarterback Peyton Manning against his former team – the Indianapolis Colts.

A season ago, the Denver Broncos were 13-3, and things looked terrific. Then the Super Bowl came, and Seattle put an absolute butt kicking on Denver. The Broncos quarterback of course was fantastic; throwing for 5,477 yards and more than 50 touchdowns. Denver will be without one of their top receivers, Wes Welker, who was suspended for four games for violating PED rules in the NFL. The Broncos will showcase Demaryius and Julius Thomas. Demaryius led the team with 14 touchdown catches a season ago. The ground game will see Montee Ball  and Knowshon Moreno as the two headed monster. A season ago, in a pass heavy offense, these two guys amassed 1,600 yards and 14 touchdowns. The Broncos replaced Eric Decker, who went to the Jets with Emmanuel Sanders.

The Indianapolis Colts are hoping to win some games outside the AFC South. The Colts feel like they will roll through the division, as Tennessee, Jacksonville and Houston appear to be way down. The Colts face tough out of division games against Philadelphia, Baltimore and Cincinnati early in the season. Indianapolis saw Andrew Luck finish with 3,822 yards and 23 touchdowns a season ago. Luck’s top target was T.Y. Hilton, with 82 catches for 1,083 yards and 5 touchdowns. The running game from Trent Richardson was pretty poor a season ago after being traded from Cleveland. Richardson rushed for just 458 yards and 3 touchdowns. Many feel Richardson will be much improved in 2014, and the Colts will need his presence on the ground in this one as well.

This should be a really fun game. There is no doubt the National Football League knew what they were doing putting this game on Sunday Night Football. It’s always fun to watch Peyton Manning go, and at home against his old team makes it even better. Look for Andrew Luck to get off to a solid start to the season as well behind center. This game could be a shout-out, as I am sure everyone is predicting that. We were a little surprised that this line by the Vegas oddsmakers called for more than one score difference. We are going to take the underdog, keeping this game close. Indianapolis on the road is our bet, but the Broncos come away with the win. We are betting the Indianapolis Colts +7.5 over the Denver Broncos.

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