Indianapolis, IN- One thing has been for certain this season for the Indianapolis Colts which is they want to be a power running football team. They’d rather run more than pass and control the line of scrimmage that way. It’s been evident through the first six games that this is the case as the new Colts are a run first team.
The problem with this week’s matchup with the Denver Broncos is they must change that to be a pass first team and let Andrew Luck play. By keeping the training wheels on him on Monday night against the San Diego Chargers they lost. When they take them off and allow him to make plays they win. It’s as simple as that.
Denver enters this week’s game with the top rated offense averaging 476 yards per game. They also have the top statistical passing offense averaging 360.7 passing yards per game and average the most points per game with 44.2.
On the defensive side of the ball they give up a lot of yards as they have the 29th ranked defense allowing 407.5 yards per game. All of those yards, though, are basically through the air as they rank dead last against the pass giving up 337.7 yards per game. On the contrary they rank first against the rush giving up a stiffing 69.8 yards per game on the ground.
So what’s all of that say?
They will tear you up through the air and allow you to stay in the game passing. Tony Romo had over 500 yards passing and five touchdowns a couple of weeks ago. If it wasn’t for a late game mistake where he threw an interception they likely had a chance to give Denver their first defeat.
Last week against the Jacksonville Jaguars the Broncos made Chad Henne look like a legit NFL quarterback. That means it’s time for the Colts to let the ball air out. They can’t try and pound it on the ground or they will be blown out.
Denver will score and score in bunches. They will likely maximize most of their offensive possessions throughout the game putting at least points on the scoreboard most of their trips. The Colts can’t afford to try and pound the run game when it simply won’t work this week.
This game is literally going to come down to Luck vs. Manning. Time for the Colts to adapt for a week. This is game on the coaching staff.
Eric Smith is the Colts Beat Writer for Rant Sports. He’s covered the team the past four seasons and is recognized as an accredited member of the media by the Colts. Follow him on Twitter @ericsportsguru