Well, now that the Houston Texans have beaten the Cincinnati Bengals in the first game of Wild Card Weekend, the Denver Broncos are one step closer to finding out their opponent next week in the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs. With a fifty-fifty chance between the Baltimore Ravens and the Indianapolis Colts, I think we all know what the more intriguing match-up would be.
It would be an amazing feat for the Colts to come into Denver to meet their old quarterback after going 2-14 in 2011 and starting a rookie QB in Andrew Luck all year. Peyton Manning left Indianapolis after 14 seasons and a super bowl win in two appearances, and in all reality, was the Colts. Now Luck has owner Jim Irsay feeling elated that, for now, he made the right move when deciding to let Manning walk.
The story lines will be numerous no matter which opponent comes into Sports Authority Field at Mile High, and there really is no right answer when hoping for a certain team to play against, being that both teams are so much different from the other. The Ravens offer a balanced attack with a menacing defense that can disrupt the best of offenses when healthy. The Colts would come to battle with a rookie-filled team on both sides of the ball that refuses to quit, while being led by one of the most inspirational people in Chuck Pagano, who has come back from a battle with leukemia.
I will go into more detail about match-ups when the wild card games are finished and a definite opponent is presented. But for now, I guess I get a little sentimental and would like to see the Colts get the win, and visit the Broncos. One thing this 2012 NFL season has taught us that surprises come from anywhere, and they are never ending. But there is an old saying that remarks, “be careful what you wish for.” So for now I am happy just watching the games and allowing fate to determine the next opponent.
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