A Quick Look: Denver Broncos @ Indianapolis Colts

Intro: The Colts will return to Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday afternoon for one final contest before their bye week. Here’s a “Quick Look” at the Colts (3-5) and Broncos (7-0) meeting for a 4:25 p.m. EST kickoff on Sunday afternoon.


INDIANAPOLIS – A Peyton Manning-led team is undefeated through seven games of the NFL season.

That isn't too much of a surprise when you are talking about the future first-ballot Hall of Famer.

However, this undefeated version of Manning's team is being carried by a defense that is looking like the '85 Chicago Bears.

Denver is allowing 4.1 yards per play this season. If that holds up, it would be the second best single-season NFL-mark since 2001.

The Broncos defense ranks 1st in total yards allowed, 4th in run defense, 1st in pass defense, 1st in sacks, 2nd on third-down, and 1st in points given up.

The unit's 17 takeaways are the third most in the NFL.

With new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, the Broncos defense is thriving in this 3-4 scheme with Pro Bowlers throughout the unit.

The defense's play in 2015 has been needed with the Denver offense sputtering at times.

Manning is having a historically abnormal season for his elite standards.

With seven touchdowns and 11 interceptions on the year, Manning has thrown the second most picks of any player this season.

Denver is coming off one of their best performances of the year on Sunday night.

In the Broncos 29-10 win over the Packers, Denver's offense piled up 160 rushing yards on 34 carries.

The stifling Denver defense held Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers to just 77 passing yards last week.

This Sunday will mark the fourth time Manning has played against his former team.

Indianapolis (3-5) gave Denver their last defeat, a 24-13 loss, in the Divisional Round of the playoffs back in January.

*2015 Record: *7-0, 1st in the AFC West.                              

*Head Coach: *Gary Kubiak, 1st season as Broncos head coach and 9th NFL season as head coach (68-64 overall regular season, 2-2 playoffs).

*2015 NFL Rankings: *Offense – Overall, 17th (350.7); Rushing, 26th (95.7); Passing, 13th (255.0). Defense – Overall, 1st (261.1); Rushing, 4th (89.3); Passing, 1st (171.9).

2015 Leading Passer: Peyton Manning (167-of-266 comp., 1,864 yards, 62.8 pct., 7 TDs, 11 INTs).

*2015 Leading Rusher: *Ronnie Hillman (85 carries, 383 yards, 4 TDs).

*2015 Leading Receiver: *Demaryius Thomas (56 receptions, 695 yards, 1 TD).

2015 Leading Sacker:  DeMarcus Ware (5.5).

2015 Turnover Breakdown:  Plus 5 (tied for 4th in the NFL).

2015 NFL Draft Results:  With pick No. 23 in 2015, the Broncos took talented edge rusher Shane Ray from Missouri. Ray fell in the draft due to off-the-field concerns. A few weeks ago, Ray suffered an MCL sprain and will likely miss Sunday's game with the Colts. In the fourth-round, the Broncos chose offensive lineman Max Garcia (Florida), who has played some left guard for Denver this season.

2014 Review:With an NFL-best 11 Pro Bowlers and a top-five defense, the Broncos season came to a close in the Divisional Round of the playoffs. A 24-13 home loss to the Indianapolis Colts brought several changes to Denver. After four seasons, head coach John Fox was let go. The Broncos 12-4 record in 2014 followed up a Super Bowl appearance the year prior.

Last time in Playoffs:  2014 season. Lost in the Divisional Round of the playoffs, 24-13, to the Indianapolis Colts.

Last time in Super Bowl: *2013 season. Lost Super Bowl XLVIII, 43-8, to the Seattle Seahawks.Super Bowl Championships: Two. 1997 and 1998.2015 Pro Bowl Selections:*QB-Peyton Manning, WR-Demaryius Thomas, TE-Julius Thomas, OT-Ryan Clady, CB-Chris Harris, CB-Aqib Talib, S-T.J. Ward, DE-DeMarcus Ware, OLB-Von Miller, RB-C.J. Anderson, WR-Emmanuel Sanders.

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