As the current National Football League Season moves past into its second half, games become more important, especially those that pit teams with winning records against one another. Squads that have won more than they have lost are already thinking about the postseason and what they still need to do to keep playing in January.
That is certainly the case with two division-leading teams in the American Football Conference (AFC), squads that will find themselves on the same football field this Sunday. The Denver Broncos and future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning are scheduled to take on the Indianapolis Colts and their young franchise quarterback Andrew Luck in a contest that could be something of a “dress rehearsal” for a future meeting in the conference playoffs.
Currently, the visiting Broncos would appear to have the “upper hand.” The Broncos sport a Won-Loss record of 7-0 and have a comfortable three game lead over the second place Oakland Raiders. On the other hand, the first place Colts have managed to win just three of seven games played so far. And yet, they lead the South Division of the same conference.
It seems obvious that the squad from the “mile high city” stands a good chance of upending the home team when they square off against one another a few days from now. But it will come as no surprise to football fans and professional analysts if the home team prevails in this contest.
Prior to the start of the season, many NFL observers believed that Indianapolis was “the team to beat” in the American Football Conference (AFC) primarily because Andrew Luck would be the difference maker needed to put this team “over the top.”
But the quarterback and his team have underperformed and disappointed over the first half of the season. It is true that the Colts appeared to raise their level of play last week even though they lost the game. Continued improvement on the gridiron in this weekend’s home game could result in an upset victory over the visiting Broncos.
The fact is that Peyton Manning, now nearing the age of forty, has not played well this season and, as a result, Denver’s offense has been spotty and inconsistent. It has been the team’s stout and often impenetrable defense that has kept the Broncos undefeated.
The Colts, on the other hand, can produce lots of offense when Andrew Luck performs “at the top of his game.” There were signs last week that he is about to begin playing up to his skill level. If that happens, there is every reason to believe that Peyton Manning’s Denver Broncos will lose their first game of the season this Sunday.
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