The Colts have won eight of their last nine games at the RCA Dome including playoffs, but the Broncos beat the Colts 31-17 in their second-to-last regular season game last year.
The Broncos went back to Indianapolis two weeks later for a playoff game and lost 41-10, but they're hoping for a better outcome this time. A good place to start would be popping in the film of the regular-season win last year, but Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said he won't use that win over the Colts to motivate his team.
"We don't talk about those things," Shanahan said. "We look at film, we get a game plan, and try to focus on what we need to do now, not what we have done in the past."
Denver won that game by controlling the clock, something that would help them this week. The 1-2 punch of Reuben Droughns and Tatum Bell was effective on Sunday against Indianapolis, and they'll split the carries again this week.
Last year the Broncos rushed 54 times for 227 yards. They controlled the clock for 44:58, which was a team record. Shanahan agreed that the same things that worked for the Broncos last year will be important on Sunday.
"You try to keep their offense off the field, for one," Shanahan said. "In (last year's win at Indianapolis), we were able to control the tempo of the game. You try to limit the amount of times that their offense can be out there, because they are going to make things happen if they are out there a lot."
Sunday's game will be a first for coach Mike Shanahan. It is the first time he has played against a team in back-to-back weeks. Shanahan said his team was able to hold some things back against the Colts in their regular-season finale because the Broncos had such a big lead in the fourth quarter.
But the Broncos had to show more in a must-win game than the Colts, who had nothing to play for, and now have to come up with different looks for the rematch.
"It's going to be interesting," Shanahan said.
--Shanahan praised Jake Plummer's play over the past two weeks. Plummer threw for four touchdowns and one interception and played perhaps his two best back-to-back games of the season to help get Denver into the playoffs.
"He's played extremely well the past two weeks," Shanahan said. "We keep on stressing not turning the football over and I think we had one turnover in the last two weeks and scored a few points. Hopefully we can keep that going."
--DE Trevor Pryce was sore after playing on Sunday but he should be fine for this week's playoff game against Indianapolis, Shanahan said. Pryce's back flared up during Denver's regular-season finale, which was Pryce's first action since the season opener, but Shanahan said it was not serious.
--S John Lynch will have a small cast on his broken left thumb but he'll play this week and won't be limited, Shanahan said. Lynch's cast will allow him to move his fingers, unlike the big club casts used for broken hands.
--WR Triandos Luke suffered a mild concussion in Denver's game last Sunday. The Broncos will monitor him during the week before making a decision on if he can play in Denver's playoff game at Indianapolis.
--RB Tatum Bell could be a huge factor for the Broncos this week. He will play even faster than usual on the turf at the RCA Dome. Bell should be able to break some big plays against Indianapolis' defense.
--OT Matt Lepsis fared well against Colts DE Dwight Freeney last week, but he'll have it tougher in the rematch on the fast turf at the RCA Dome this week. Lepsis will get a lot of help from tight ends and backs to slow down Freeney's speed.
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