Somehow. some way, the Indianapolis Colts have done what six other teams just could not do in the 2013 NFL season. The Colts managed to keep the Denver offense off balance, force some questionable throws from Peyton Manning, and lay a loss on a Broncos team that has looked every bit unstoppable so far.
But it wasn’t just the defense that stopped Manning. The Colts offense played very well all night long. With Andrew Luck making some key runs, finding his receivers, and the Indianapolis ground game and special teams coming up with some turnovers, it was a complete game from every aspect. That’s exactly what you need to win against Peyton Manning. Still, the Broncos had a chance late in the game having recovered from a 36-14 deficit to get within 36-30 before allowing yet another turnover deep in Colts territory that sealed the deal.
Manning’s return to the place where he was drafted and earned so many honors was highly anticipated and for the most part it was a worthy return. But Indianapolis managed to spoil things for a quarterback who has been on an NFL record tear this season. Furthermore Indianapolis knocked the Broncos down a notch for the Kansas City Chiefs, the most unlikely unbeaten team we’ve seen in many a season.
So what does this do? Assuming both the Broncos and the Chiefs continue to win, it makes for a very interesting set of matchups for the AFC West. Manning and the Broncos will welcome the Chiefs to Denver on Nov. 17th. Two weeks later the Broncos must travel to kansas City. In all likelihood those games will decide who gets a home game and who travels in the postseason.