INDIANAPOLIS – For a second straight week, the Colts could not make the plays in crunch time to earn a victory.
Denver’s (2-0) attacking defense showed up quite large on Sunday, helping the Broncos to a 34-20 victory over the visiting Colts.
The Colts (0-2) will now return home to Lucas Oil Stadium to take on the San Diego Chargers next Sunday at 4:25 p.m.
Here are FIVE THINGS LEARNED.
VON MILLER IS A MENACE – Before Sunday, Von Miller had no sacks in three career games versus the Colts. That changed on Sunday. Miller had three sacks, three quarterback hits and a game-clinching strip sack with less than two minutes remaining.
FRIENDLY FIRE BITES COLTS – Defensively, the Colts hung tough with more injuries piling up. It was the offense committing two very costly turnovers, both being returned for touchdowns, ultimately making the difference in the two-score margin.
EARLY DOWN STRUGGLES CONTINUE– For the Colts to have success on Sunday, they knew winning early downs would be key. Against Denver, the Colts averaged less than a yard on first down, with penalties not helping them stay ahead of the chains.
INJURIES STILL MOUNTING – It sounds like a recording for the Colts this season—secondary players leaving the game due to injuries. On Sunday it was being played again with Darius Butler (hamstring) and safety Clayton Geathers (undisclosed) exiting in the first half. Those two can be added to the likes of Vontae Davis, Patrick Robinson and T.J. Green already missing in Week Two.
TIME TO START DIGGING – Two weeks into 2016 and the Colts are two games down in the AFC South. Houston leads the division at 2-0. The Colts will get their first look at the AFC South in Week Four, when they start a stretch of three divisional games in four weeks.
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