Andrew Luck is back and he looks just as good as ever. The Indianapolis Colts, however, do not.
Luck’s Colts definitely let him down in the team’s season opener against the Detroit Lions, and he’ll be hoping the team around him is better when they face the Denver Broncos on Sunday. Luck completed 31 of 47 passes for 385 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions.
He was only assisted by 59 yards on the ground from Frank Gore, and was sacked twice for a loss of 17 yards. The big issue though, was the defense, which allowed Matthew Stafford to complete 31 of 39 passes for 340 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions.
Both teams were able to pass the ball, but the Lions were the only team that could run, with 116 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 24 team rushes. The Colts simply looked bad on the defensive side of the ball, and when that happens, there’s little he can do to guide his team to a win.
Against the Broncos, things should be even tougher. The Broncos, despite starting Trevor Siemian at quarterback, took down the Carolina Panthers, the team that finished 15-1 in the regular season last year, in their opener. Denver looked great on defense, and Luck will be hard-pressed taking down the Broncos the same way he shredded the Lions secondary.
If there’s one thing going Luck’s way, it’s that he’s been good against the Broncos in the past. In fact, the Colts have won eight of their last nine games against the Broncos. That includes three of four with Luck as the starter.
Broncos running back C.J. Anderson said the Colts "got our number," and it certainly looks that way given their recent history. Anderson looked good against the Panthers, putting up 92 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries, while catching four passes for 47 yards and another touchdown.
Siemian was anything but perfect in his starting debut for the Broncos. He completed 18 of 26 passes for 178 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. The Broncos narrowly beat the Panthers, winning 21-20 after the Panthers missed a field goal in in the final five minutes of play.
Anderson was responsible for both fourth-quarter touchdowns that put the Broncos ahead in their opener. He’ll be eyeing the Lions’ success running the football against Indianapolis and will be hoping for a big day.
Meanwhile, the Colts need Frank Gore to break off some of the long runs that have defined his career. Gore had a 4.2 yards per carry average in Week 1, but they simply need more out of him going forward. Gore is getting up there in years, and whether or not he can provide that oomph over the course of a 16 game season is up for debate.
Sunday’s game is set to begin at 4:25 p.m. It will be played in Colorado, and will be broadcast on CBS. Their top announcing team, Jim Nantz and Phil Simms, will call the game along with sideline reporter Tracey Wolfson.
How to Watch Colts vs. Broncos on Sunday
Time: 4:25 p.m. ET
Location: Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colo.
Announcers: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracey Wolfson
Online Streaming: Sunday Ticket