Colts Vs Broncos AFC Divisional Free Pick, Wagering Advice & TV InfoNoah Williams
The Indianapolis Colts fly into Mile High to take on the Denver Broncos a game that goes deeper than your average AFC Divisional Playoff matchup. First Andrew Luck took Peyton Manning’s job in Indy and now he his sights set on crushing what may be Manning’s last chance at a second Super Bowl ring.
— NFLonCBS (@NFLonCBS) January 5, 2015
Something tells me Manning will have an extra edge when he takes to Sports Authority Field, regardless of the odds in the AFC Divisional game. Peyton, as gracious as he was after his exit in Indianapolis, will have the last word for the history books on Colts owner Jim Irsay’s decision to begin anew with Luck.
Analyzing My Colts Vs Broncos AFC Divisional Free Pick, Wagering Advice
Matchup: Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos
Date: Jan. 11, 2015
Start Time: 4:40 p.m. ET
Location: Denver, Colorado
Stadium: Sports Authority Field at Mile High
TV Info: CBS
Radio: Indianapolis Vs Denver
Point Spread: Broncos -7
Game Total: 54
The Indianapolis Colts will win this AFC divisional playoff game if
They shut down every one of Peyton’s weopons!
If the Indianapolis Colts want to win this AFC divisional playoff battle, then they’re going to need to get up in the face of future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning and harass the quickly aging signal-caller into a poor performance.
Its a given that Andrew Luck will play like Andrew Luck even against a much improved Broncos defense. Since his team’s Wildcard defeat at the hands of Baltimore Ravens in 2012, Luck has thrown for a total of 1,438 passing yards in 4 playoff games, breaking Kurt Warner’s previous record.
Andrew Luck has passed Kurt Warner for the most pass yards in a player's first four postseason games in NFL history
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 4, 2015
That leaves the Colts only option is to shut out as many of Peyton’s weapons as possible to limit the damage at the hands of the lethal Broncos attack of Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, Julius Thomas & RB CJ Anderson.
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) January 5, 2015
The good news for Indy is that Manning has looked mostly like a shell of his former self over the course of the second half of the regular season as he has clearly lost some arm strength from earlier in the season. Manning has thrown multiple interceptions in each of the three losses Denver suffered over the second half of the season.
The common denominator in each loss was the fact that the opposing team repeatedly got up in Manning’s face and forced the immobile veteran into a series of poor throws. Manning tossed four interceptions against Cincinnati in Denver’s humbling 37-28 Week 16 loss to the Bengals and also tossed two picks against Buffalo in a win and two more in a pair of losses to St. Louis and New England in weeks 11 and 9 respectively. Indianapolis tied for ninth place with a +5 in the turnover department.
The Denver Broncos will win this AFC divisional playoff game if
TE Julius Thomas returns to early season form!
The most important Denver Broncos offensive player in Sunday’s divisional playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts isn’t Peyton Manning. But for him to snap out of his late-season passing slump, he desperately needs Julius Thomas to return to his early-season form.
— IndyStar Sports (@IndyStarSports) January 7, 2015
Thomas, the fourth-year tight end, bet on himself heading into the 2014 season, turning down a contract offer from the Broncos in the offseason, betting that he could improve on his breakout season from a year ago. And for half of 2014, it looked like Thomas had made the right decision – starting with a huge game in the season opener, with three touchdowns in Denver’s 31-24 win against the Colts.
Thomas had 12 touchdowns by early November and was the biggest mismatch on the Broncos’ offense that was already loaded with other talented skill position players, like receivers Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders.
Julius Thomas was a nightmare for defenses in the red zone, particularly when the Broncos could isolate him in man coverage against a cornerback, and he was a threat in the open field when defenses would try to cover him with a linebacker.
— PFTonNBCSN (@PFTonNBCSN) January 6, 2015
It is not a coincidence that Manning’s slump – six interceptions and only one game with more than 300 passing yards in the last six weeks — coincided with Thomas suffering an ankle injury early in a loss to the St. Louis Rams on Nov. 16. Thomas missed three games, and didn’t score in the three games since he returned. He has only three catches for 33 yards since first injuring the ankle.
Who will win this AFC divisional playoff game?
With the way Peyton Manning has played recently – combined with the way Andrew Luck has played – and I have to say the Indianapolis Colts are a virtual lock as a betting pick to cover a point spread in his AFC divisional matchup that should be closer to three points than a touchdown.
Peyton Manning will be the 1st QB EVER to play at least 200 games with a team and then face that team in playoffs. pic.twitter.com/lEHRXbP3Ok
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) January 5, 2015
Andrew Luck looked like he was in total command of the Colts’ offense in the team’s impressive 26-10 wild card win over Cincinnati on Sunday and I believe the franchise cornerstone is going to find a way to keep the final score a lot closer than the 7-point spread surrounding this contest.
The Colts are 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 games against their AFC counterparts and a blistering 15-6-1 ATS in their last 22 games overall.
The Broncos are just 2-6-1 ATS in their last nine games in the month of January and 1-4 ATS in their last five playoff games overall.
I like Andrew Luck to lead Indy to the ATS cover!