Broncos backups shine - Fort Collins Coloradan - John J. Roberts
Monday, October 30, 2006 - The names change, but the Denver Broncos can count on results no matter who they put out on the field. The offensive system Mike Shanahan has developed is a virtual plug-and-play program, where the backups are expected to produce on par with the starters. That system was on full display Sunday in a 34-31 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. With leading rusher Tatum Bell and starting fullback Kyle Johnson hampered by injuries, Mike Bell and Cecil Sapp came to the rescue. Mike Bell rushed for a career-best 136 yards and two touchdowns, a pair of 1-yard plunges set up by two long runs by Sapp on third-and-1 plays. Also contributing with big plays were receiver David Kircus and tight end Tony Scheffler. Kircus had a 45-yard catch to key a drive that ended with a Jake Plummer 1-yard TD run. Scheffler had a career-most four catches and 51 yards.
'It Makes You Angry' - DenverBroncos.com - Andrew Mason
Monday, October 30, 2006 - In a few ways, Sunday's game was the opposite of the Broncos' recent history. They fell at home for the first time in the regular season since November 2004. The impregnable defense, which had only allowed two touchdowns in its previous six games and just three in its last eight regular-season contests, was singed for three end-zone celebrations -- all on Peyton Manning-to-Reggie Wayne scoring connections. Even the fact that the Broncos fell to the Colts wasn't a familiar feeling -- not in the regular season, at least, where the Broncos had won two straight over their intraconference rivals, with whom the Broncos have crossed paths more often than any non-AFC West foe in the last five years.
Wayne's world - Denver Post - Jim Armstrong
10/30/2006 - Newest nickname for the Broncos' defense: the Crash-and-Burned Unit. The Broncos, who had allowed two touchdowns in their first six games, allowed three Sunday afternoon at Invesco Field at Mile High. Hey, stuff happens when you play the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts walked off the field with a 34-31 victory that stamped them as the team to beat in the American Conference. Indianapolis is the first team since the 1929-31 Green Bay Packers to open back-to-back seasons with seven consecutive wins.
Broncos pay the price for not putting enough pressure on Manning - Rocky Mountain News - Jeff Legwold
October 29, 2006 = For a quarterback, time is money. Time is big contracts, it's cell phone deals and face time. Time is touchdowns. And, most of all, time is victory. And once again, with the ball in his hands, Peyton Manning had the time, so he used it to simply dole out plenty of misery for the Broncos. "We had no sacks, none, and hardly any pressure," Broncos defensive end Ebenezer Ekuban said. "You let him stand back there 4, 5 seconds every time, and bad things are going to happen. No excuses. We had to get the pressure on him and we didn't."
Manning shreds Broncos - Mercury News - Frank Schwab
Mon, Oct. 30, 2006 - With 1 minute, 49 seconds remaining, the Denver Broncos kicked a field goal to tie the Indianapolis Colts. Yet given what happened in the first 58 minutes and 11 seconds, a Colts victory seemed inevitable. Colts quarterback Peyton Manning carved through Denver's defense all day and 1:49 was much too much time, especially when a field goal would win the game. Manning led Indianapolis on an eight-play, 62-yard drive and Adam Vinatieri's 37-yard field goal with two seconds left was the difference in the Colts' thrilling 34-31 victory Sunday. Denver fell to 5-2 with the loss. Indianapolis became the first team since the 1929-31 Green Bay Packers to start two consecutive seasons 7-0.
As good as it gets - SI.com - Don Banks
Sunday October 29, 2006 - Here's what we know in the wake of the Colts' ridiculously impressive 34-31 victory over the Broncos, a 2:50 instant classic that for my money was the game of the year thus far in the NFL (no more calls, please, we have a winner). Peyton Manning is simply the best quarterback in NFL history to still not have won anything of lasting significance. And If Manning has ever been better, more locked in, more masterful in his nine-year pro career than he was on this picture-perfect afternoon against Denver, I don't know when it would have been.
Colts and Manning solve Broncos' defense - Houston Chronicle - Eddie Pells
Oct. 29, 2006 — Maddeningly meticulous and impeccably precise, this was Peyton Manning at his cruel best. Skewering a Denver defense that was designed specifically to stop him, Manning led the Indianapolis Colts over, around and through the Broncos on Sunday, throwing for 345 yards and three touchdowns to Reggie Wayne for a message-sending 34-31 victory. "When you play a guy like Peyton Manning, and the guy's going to put it on there on the money, what can you do?" Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey said.
Runner answers the Bell - Colorado Springs Gazette - Nick Walter
October 30, 2006 - Denver Broncos rookie Mike Bell rushed for a career-high 136 yards and two touchdowns Sunday in place of starter Tatum Bell, whose lingering toe injury kept him on the sideline for much of the second half. Yet, after Indianapolis' 34-31 win Sunday, Mike Bell was disappointed. His 48-yard run late in the fourth quarter put Denver in a position to go ahead. Denver trailed by three. The Broncos had first-and-10 at the Colts' 32, but the drive stalled and Jason Elam's field goal only tied the game. Indianapolis then marched for a game-winning field goal. Mike Bell blamed himself.
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