Atop the AFC South after a key divisional win, the Indianapolis Colts look to extend their momentum and post a fifth win in six games Sunday when they host the Denver Broncos.
How to watch:
When: Sunday, Oct. 27
Where: Lucas Oil Field, Indianapolis, Ind.
Time: 1 p.m. ET
Live Stream: fuboTV (try for free)
While still early, the Colts (4-2) are the only team in the AFC South without a loss in divisional play after a 30-23 victory over the Houston Texans last Sunday. In arguably the biggest game of his career as a starter, Jacoby Brissett had the best game of his career with 326 passing yards and four touchdowns.
Second-year wideout Zach Pascal also had a career day with 106 yards and two touchdowns, while matching a career high with six receptions. The win moved the Colts one-half game ahead of the Texans as they open a three-game stretch against opponents with a combined record of 4-16 in Denver, Pittsburgh, and winless Miami.
Linebacker Darius Leonard made a huge impact after missing the previous three games due to a concussion. He had a game-sealing interception with 37 seconds to play to end Houston’s final drive. The second-year linebacker is nine tackles shy of 200 entering just his 19th game.
Denver (2-5) was expected to have a superb defense under first-year coach Vic Fangio, who had done wonders in Chicago before taking over the Broncos, but that has yet to take place. The Broncos were overrun by Kansas City, 30-6, on Oct. 17, failing to take advantage of a second quarter injury to Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
The defensive struggles are intertwined with Denver’s offensive woes. The Broncos finished with 205 total yards--75 of those coming on the opening drive that resulted in a touchdown. Denver has been held under 20 points in five of its seven games and ranks 29th in scoring at 16 per game.
Fangio said he would not switch quarterbacks for this game, opting to stick with Joe Flacco over Brandon Allen, who has yet to throw an NFL pass. Flacco has decent numbers, completing 65.7 percent of his passes for 1,648 yards, but has only six TD passes and been sacked 23 times.