Over the next two days, Colts.com will take a look at the offensive and defensive stat breakdowns for the Colts and Broncos.
The charted stats will then be followed by three takeaways that will be critical if the Colts want to head into their bye week with a 5-2 record.
Here’s a look at the defensive breakdown:
|Stats (NFL Rank)||Colts||Broncos|
|Total Yards||337.7 (11)||407.5 (29)|
|Passing Yards||205.7 (5)||337.7 (32)|
|Rushing Yards||132.0 (31)||69.8 (1)|
|Sacks per attempt||9.4% (7)||6.8% (21)|
|Turnovers ratio||+5 (6)||Even (16)|
|3rd down conversions||35.5% (7)||38.2% (20)|
|Points||24.7 (11)||26.3 (24)|
- How will the Colts attack the Broncos defense?: First, it should be noted that a major reason why Denver is the league’s worst passing defense is due to teams piling up passing yards in garbage time. All-Pro cornerback Champ Bailey made his 2013 debut last week. If the Colts want to try and control the clock and eat up yards on the ground then they will have to do it against the league’s top rushing defense.
- Will Von Miller turn the Broncos pass rush around?: Miller, who had 30 sacks the last two seasons, returns from suspension this weekend and is trying to help a pass rush that was the league’s best in 2012. On the other side of the football, the Colts have had their moments in getting to the quarterback this year and will be seeing a Broncos offensive line that will be without right tackle Orlando Franklin, who injured his ankle in Sunday’s 35-19 win over the Jaguars.
- Can the Colts win the money-down?: On Monday night, the Colts struggled to get off the field on third downs (Chargers converted 7-of-14) and that was very uncharacteristic for Greg Manusky’s defense. That has to change on Sunday night. One interesting matchup to look for on Sunday is how former Patriots Darius Butler and Wes Welker matchup against each other after being teammates from 2009-2010. If the Colts can’t force turnovers on Sunday night then getting pressure on Manning, and thus getting off the field on third-down, might be the most critical stat in knocking off the undefeated Broncos.
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While many Colts players were recovering on Tuesday from an early morning return from the west coast, LaRon Landry was busy in the weight room.
Landry, who was a full participant in Wednesday’s practice, hasn’t been happy to miss the past four games after he led the Colts with 26 tackles in the first two contests of 2013.
“It’s kind of hard to watch and be on the side of the game that you are passionate about, a game that you love,” Landry told “Voice of the Colts” Bob Lamey.
“For me football is at the top of my list of priorities. God gave me this talent and when you can’t utilize it, it’s kind of hard to be on the sideline as a contributor, as a competitor.”
The question comes up weekly in Chuck Pagano’s press conferences and Landry himself has the same inquiries.
And hopefully a possible answer on Sunday night?
“I’ve been ready to come back since I’ve got injured,” Landry said to Lamey. “Each day, each second, I’m like when’s the switch that says your 100 percent? Everyone knows that doesn’t happen and with an injury you have to nurse and rehab it to perfection.”
“For me, I’m looking forward to this week, to right now and to tomorrow. Each day is progress and I feel like this week is a great week for me to come back.”
Ever since Landry stepped onto the field for his first practice in a Colts uniform, his energy was evident.
It’s that passion that Colts fans are hoping to see very soon and Landry holds those same standards.
“I won’t step on the field and I won’t give anything less than 100 (percent). I’d be short-changing myself and I’d be short-changing my guys.”
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The hype surrounding Sunday night’s game continued to grow on Wednesday. Today’s news looks at how Andrew Luck is handling the attention and Reggie Wayne’s take on Peyton Manning’s return.
Take a look below at the top pieces from Thursday, October 17th.
By: Stephen Holder, Indy Star
While much of the attention on Wednesday focused on Jim Irsay and Peyton Manning, there’s Andrew Luck business as usual in preparation for Sunday night.
(Luck) was brought to Indianapolis to not only be the savior of a 2-14 football team but also replace a future Hall of Famer and Indiana icon — and cope with expectations that were grossly unfair.
But just 22 games into his still-ascending NFL career, Luck is deftly proving he can handle it all as Peyton Manning prepares for his much-hyped return.
“We all know that Andrew is mature beyond his years,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said of the 24-year old quarterback. “He doesn’t play like a second-year quarterback. I don’t feel like it’s necessary for me or for anybody else to even go there. Certainly (we) talk about all the noise surrounding this, all the distractions, all the clutter, everything that’s out there. But at the end of the day, it’s the Colts versus the Broncos. The game is going to be played between the white lines. That’s where his focus will be.”
By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star
Reggie Wayne spoke on Wednesday for a change and the 13-year veteran admitted that he’s not buying all the hype that is surrounding this weekend’s game.
It’s Peyton Manning Week. The return to where it all began in April 1998 — and ended in March 2012 — for the NFL’s only four-time Most Valuable Player and the most decorated and revered player in the Colts’ 30-year history in Indianapolis.
Wayne, not nearly as loquacious as is his norm, shrugged. Often.
“It’ll be just like any other game. No different,” he said of the return of the quarterback who threw the ball on 779 of his 1,001 catches. “I don’t know what you want me to tell you.
“We see it as another game. You guys see it a little bit different. It’s another game, man.”
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