Denver Broncos: Three things to watch against the Indianapolis Colts

The Denver Broncos snapped an eight-game losing streak last week with a victory over the New York Jets. Week 15 starts early for them with a Thursday Night game at the Indianapolis Colts. The Broncos have a chance to snap another streak. They have not won in Indy since December of 2003. Jake Plummer was the QB at the time. Can the Broncos snap another losing streak this week? In addition, can they build a winning streak? Here are the keys to do both.

  1. Running Game

Last week against the Jets, the Denver Broncos only ran the ball for 84 yards. This week they will need to have a better output than that. The Colts rank 23rd against the rush. Teams are averaging just under 120 yards per game against the Colts on the ground. Should the Denver Broncos be able to get the ground game in gear it would allow them to do other things on offense as well.

  1. Trevor Siemian

Week after week, we put a QB on the list for the Denver Broncos. Why, because right now they have the biggest eye upon them. It is vital to perform well for Siemian and the Broncos offense. Usually, the road team does play well on the road in a short week. However, the Colts offer the Broncos an opportunity to complete the ball at a high percentage. The Colts passing defense ranks 30th in the NFL. Only the New York Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are worse.

  1. Defense

After a dominating performance last week against the Jets, the Denver Broncos regained their number one ranking in the NFL. Although the Colts have been a better team than many expected, they should still play inferior to the Broncos defense. The short week may be an issue after a grounding attack last week for the Colts. That could play well into the hands of a stiff Denver D.

This could be a point at which the short time between games can help the Denver Broncos. Having snapped that 8 game skid and getting to use that momentum immediately could be big. The Broncos could very well win a second straight on Thursday Night.

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