As many times as I've been to Indy and watched the Broncos collectively get whipped, it never ceases to amaze me how loud it is… pretty sure we've got ‘em right where we want them – McDaniels just deferred the coin toss to give Indy the opening shot…
Wonder if that will come back to haunt him?
Wonder if it even matters?
Manning being Manning makes it look easy – thirteen plays, 80-yards and it's a seven point facial for McD's crew. Broncos respond in fashion with a futile three and out…something tells me it may be a long afternoon…
Did I mention how lethal the Colts passing attack is? Manning Part 2 – seven plays, 56-yards and the scoreboard lights again as Indy takes an early 14-0 lead. Like I said, right where we want ‘em…
Of course it would be nice if Denver could muster some kind of offensive challenge. Indy's got the ground game covered… Scarey thought if the Broncos have to rely on Orton's arm to pull this through.
Quarter comes to a close with everyone not wearing a Broncos jersey having a good time…
It'd be real easy to sit here and bang out 1000+ words describing how the Broncos are thoroughly getting spanked right now – or I could just cut and paste the fact that Indy doesn't seem to have any problem rolling over Denver's defense.
Almost amazing the score isn't worse when you consider Pat McAfee's only been out for one punt so far this half.
Colts third scoring strike of the day comes off an eleven play, 70-yard drive that chewed up just over five minutes off the clock. Twenty-one point lead and I'm still looking for light at the end of the tunnel… McD's got to find a way to get the offense stirred up – maybe dropping a few "F" bombs would work.
Orton and Co. look to make it interesting – or at least wake up some of the Denver media guys hovering around the buffet. Perfect strike to Marshall gets it going – 23-yards and they're heading to midfield. Gaffney tacks on another 16 and the Broncos have their best field position of the day.
Chipping away at it – Graham get in on the act and Moreno moves it down inside the twenty. First real signs of life I've seen so far…Orton to Marshall seems like the call of the day – third and four from the Colts five and BM's made the highlight reel – Broncos touchdown – I'm almost beside myself – wait a minute, I am beside myself…
Pretty sure we've got ‘em right where we want ‘em.
Hard to believe but Peyton pulls three and out and the Broncos have another crack at it with just under two minutes in the half – doesn't really matter, Orton pulls a four and out and Manning takes over on downs on the 46.
Short field + Manning= trouble – at least generally it does but Denver catches a break with a tipped ball that Brian Dawkins brings down. If they pull a quick seven out of this I swear I'll stop drinking.
No worries – Broncos get beat by the clock… Terrible time management closes out the first half with Denver trailing 21-7.
Time for a cold one
For being fourteen down the Broncos aren't ready to quit – Three Indy possessions and you've got 2 three and outs and an interception for Eli's older brother – unfortunately the Broncos aren't able to capitalize and the dance continues to shift back and forth. Nice to see Dawkins get his second pick of the day though…
Broncos do mount a semi-serious drive – down to the Colts 20 before Orton unloads it for Marshall. Ball falls about two-yards short and gets picked – frustrations starting to settle in. McD's holding a private conference with Kyle who in turn shares some thoughts with Marshall… seems surprisingly pleasant.
Got to hand it to Indy – they keep giving the Broncos a shot – Manning goes three and out and Orton's got a relatively short field on his own 43. Eioght plays later it's up to Matt Prater to save the day from 42-yards out – kick sails wide right – Broncos come up empty handed.
Is it just me or is Peyton starting to rattled? Darcel McBath with the pick and ten seconds after jacking what should have been an easy field goal the offense is back out with 24-yards to paydirt. Quarter comes to a close with Denver inching it up to the 10.
Despite the short field the Broncos just can't punch it in – Prater gets some slight redemption and the lead is trimmed 21-10. Like I said – right where we want ‘em.
Honestly can't believe how many opportunities the Colts are handing out today – another three and out for some guy named Manning and Denver will start it at the their own 32. props to the Bronco "D" - lets see what McD's got in store now.
How about 12 plays, 80-yards and Brandon Marshall tying an NFL record with his 20th catch of the game – Colts lead starts to disintegrate as McD rolls the dice and goes for two. Run gets slammed short – Broncos trail 21-16.
Enough jacking around – Manning gets serious. Drive starts at the Colts twenty and they're swallowing the clock. Defense looks tired – ground and air attack keep the chains moving. Drive started at the 9:44 mark and we're under three minutes now at this stage.
Colts are inside the five and the D line holds strong on back-to-back runs. Huge third down – Manning rolls out and finds Dallas Clark for his third TD of the game – how do you spell trifecta?
The nail's been driven into the coffin on this one – 2:25 left to make up a 12-point gap. Lone bright spot – Marshall gets his name in the record books with 21 catches for the afternoon.
You know Bowlen's gonna have to bust out the checkbook on this one…
What are the odds Dallas could lay one out on San Diego?
I need a nap...
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