TALE OF THE TAPE

Week 2 Tale Of The Tape: Indianapolis Colts At Denver Broncos

Indianapolis Colts
Denver Broncos
Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts prepares to pass the ball against the Detroit Lions at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sept. 11, 2016. (credit: Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 08:  Quarterback Trevor Siemian #13 of the Denver Broncos passes the ball in the third quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 8, 2016 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts prepares to pass the ball against the Detroit Lions at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sept. 11, 2016. (credit: Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 08: Quarterback Trevor Siemian #13 of the Denver Broncos passes the ball in the third quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 8, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
Quarterback
Winner The Colts suffered a familiar fate when they dropped their season opener to the Lions on a last-play field goal. However, while the Colts played poorly at the start of the game and they couldn’t control Detroit in the game’s most crucial moments, Andrew Luck came back with a vengeance. He threw for 385 yards and four touchdowns and he looked much better than he did at any time last year.
The Broncos played an emotional game in winning their opener against the Carolina Panthers, and new quarterback Trevor Siemian looked quite competent. While he is probably just holding onto the job until rookie Paxton Lynch is prepared to start, Siemian made good decisions and was accurate with his short- and medium-range passes.
Offense
The Colts don’t have a breakaway threat in the backfield, but veteran Frank Gore is a smart, tough runner who can gain the tough yards on the interior. Wide receiver T.Y. Hilton can go downfield and make big plays on a regular basis, while Donte Moncrief is a fine complementary receiver. The Colts got three TD receptions from tight ends Jack Doyle and Dwayne Allen.
Winner The Broncos know they can’t put it all on Siemian if they want to contend for the AFC West and possibly make a run at defending their title. They are hoping speedy running back C.J. Anderson can have a big year and give the Broncos a big year. Anderson had 92 yards and a TD vs. the Panthers. Wideouts Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders can’t make as many big plays with Siemian at quarterback.
Defense
The Colts are coming off a poor year defensively, and they did not look ready to play in Week One against a Lions team that is not overflowing with talent. The Colts don’t have superstars on defense, but inside linebacker Sio Moore had 13 tackles against the Lions. Indianapolis needs pass rusher Robert Mathis to find a way to get to the quarterback.
Winner The Broncos are dependent on their defense to lead the way once again this season. While they lost key players like Danny Trevathan and Malik Jackson to free agency, they still have Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware to put the pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Miller had three tackles and a sack against the Panthers, while Ware had three stops and 1.5 sacks.
Special Teams
Winner The Colts are rather ordinary when it comes to punt and kickoff coverage, but those weaknesses are offset by PK Adam Vinatieri and P Pat McAfee. Vinatieri is still one of the best FG kickers in the game, and McAfee may rank even higher among punters.
Winner The Broncos were a slightly better than average on special teams a year ago, and they may have a hard time reaching those standards this year. Rookie punter Riley Dixon is unproven at this point while placekicker Brandon McManus is just average.

The Winner Is

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 08:  Quarterback Trevor Siemian #13 of the Denver Broncos passes the ball in the third quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 8, 2016 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
Winner Denver Broncos
3 out of 4

The Colts lost their opener, but Luck had a brilliant game and it has to help his confidence after a tough 2015 season. While the Broncos are favored at home, the Colts could take this game if they can jump out in front and make Siemian try to play catch-up.

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