5 Denver Broncos Players to Watch This Week
Denver Broncos: 5 Players to Watch
The Denver Broncos and the Indianapolis Colts square off on prime time football Sunday night at Lucas Oil Stadium. This will be Peyton Manning's homecoming game as he goes up against his former team for the first time. With all the media swarming around this game, especially with Jim Isray's comments on Manning, this will go down as the Broncos' next big test. Their last test came against the Dallas Cowboys and they managed to pass the test in a shootout.
The Colts are a different team then Dallas was. While the Cowboys, in my opinion, used their offense to go toe-to-toe with the Broncos, Indianapolis has a solid defense that could make a couple plays to make things interesting for a while. The Colts are also led by a quarterback that took Manning's place. Andrew Luck is in his second year with the Colts. Last year, as a rookie, he led the Colts to a wild card birth in a season that was supposed to be a rebuilding year.
The coaching matchup between John Fox and Chuck Pagano should be quite interesting as well. Both are great coaches who know how to motivate their teams. However, only one team can win and it will take some key players to rise up and perform well to get the win.
Here are five Broncos players that I believe are going to be key in Sunday's showdown with the Colts. These are players that either are due for a big game or will be focused on quite a bit during this game for their own reasons.
5. Knowshon Moreno
Last week, Knowshon Moreno totaled 104 yards and had three rushing touchdowns that ultimately decided the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars last week. The Colts are in the bottom ten when it comes to rushing defense, so on paper it looks as if Moreno is going to have a good game, especially if Manning gives him the ball a lot to take pressure off of himself. Allowing Moreno to have more carries can hopefully help when it comes to play action passing to throw the Colts' defense off guard. Moreno should help the offense move the ball down the field whether it's on the ground or in the air.
4. Champ Bailey
Champ Bailey made his season debut last Sunday and he appeared to do well having three pass break ups. He will need to step it up going up against a top-five offense in the Colts. Expect Bailey to cover Reggie Wayne throughout the game if he starts. One of the veterans of the game today, expect Bailey to step up in a big game like this where the opponent is even tougher than the last one. His game play will hopefully help put the offense on the field quicker and limit Luck. Bailey will need to step it up especially with the pass defense last in the league.
3. Eric Decker
As I have stated in one of my previous articles, Eric Decker is due for a big game. I believe that he should get that chance against the Colts because their game plan could focus on Wes Welker and Demariyus Thomas. Decker will need to step it up if he wants to see more touches and end zone opportunities. He hasn't seen a whole lot of opportunities this season. But perhaps he worked on routes this week as well as ball security. He did fumble in the Cowboys game a couple weeks back. Once Decker gets more passes thrown his way, he will start to feel more confident and become better once the game progresses.
2. Von Miller
Von Miller will be returning from his six-game suspension and play in his first game of the season. During practice, he has stated that he is well and excited to play. It will be interesting to see how the Colts plan to protect Luck with number 58 on the defensive side. Miller is perhaps one of the game's best pass rushers. He knows how to get into quarterback's heads and create pressure. Just having Miller on the field makes a difference for the Broncos. The only question is how will he do during an actual game. He has not played a meaningful game since the divisional round. But I believe this will be his first step into getting back into the swing of game time.
1. Peyton Manning
Of course Manning was going to be No. 1. He is making his return to Indianapolis, where is career started. There has been a whole mix of emotions with his return. Adding on to the comments that current Colts GM stated about them being disappointed with the one ring and then returning that comment. But Manning will not be rattled. I am sure he will see this as just another game. But with all that went on this week, this game should give Manning quite a big passion to perform to his best and we would not expect any less from him.
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