The Denver Broncos face off against the Indianapolis Colts in the second round of the NFL football playoffs, in a matchup between the current and former teams of quarterback Peyton Manning. Indy has moved on to Andrew Luck and rebuilt the team around him, having defeated the Bengals easily in the first round of the postseason. The Broncos earned a first round bye and have the home field advantage. Here’s a preview of the game.
Quarterback: Peyton Manning struggled the last time he played against the Colts. But while we would take Andrew Luck if we were building a franchise for the next ten years, we’re still inclined to take a healthy Manning for just one game. Then again, Manning hasn’t looked healthy in a month. Advantage: Draw.
Offense: Running back continues to be question mark for Indianapolis, who wasted a first round pick in a trade for Trent Richardson and is still trying to find a way to use him effectively. But the Colts have Reggie Wayne and TY Hilton at wide receiver, who are collectively worth more than Denver’s Emmanuel Sanders. Advantage: Draw.
Overall: If this game were in Indianapolis, we’d take the Colts. But this will be a cold weather game in Denver instead of a cozy dome game. Advantage: Broncos.