INDIANAPOLIS - Peyton Manning returns to Indianapolis -- but this time as a member of the Denver Broncos. Manning will be matched up against his successor Andrew Luck and the 4-2 Colts. But the Manning homecoming isn’t the only thing to watch for this week as the Broncos get a key member of the team back on the field.
The return of Von Miller
Broncos linebacker Von Miller reinserts himself back into the starting lineup after serving his six-game suspension. Despite having an undefeated record, the Broncos defense has lacked its dominance from last year. Denver has given up 26.3 points per game, which ranks for 24th in the league and they have given up the most passing yards in the league at 337 yards per game. Last season with Miller, the Broncos only gave up 200 yards each game, which was good for third in the NFL.
Even the most unseasoned fan knows that Peyton Manning is having a stellar season. Manning leads the NFL with 22 touchdown passes, but what may be surprising is that running back Knowshon Moreno leads the league with seven rushing touchdowns. The last time a QB and RB from the same team led the league in touchdowns this late in the season? 2002.
Broncos Linemen shuffle
The Broncos have changed their offensive linemen as injuries have mounted up. Last week right tackle Orlando Franklin was injured against the Jaguars and will not play in Indianapolis. Taking his spot will be Louis Vasquez, who will move from right guard to tackle. Stepping in at right guard will be veteran Chris Kuper. The line will be tested as the Colts' Robert Mathis leads the league with 9.5 sacks.
Got to get Lucky
Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is making his mark as late-game performer. Luck tied the league record for the most comeback victories with seven in his rookie season. The former first pick of the 2012 draft, as already led Indianapolis to a comeback win over the Raiders.
Broncos trying to snap a losing streak
Denver is riding high on a 17-game regular-season winning streak, but they haven’t beaten the Colts in their last five tries. Their last win against the Colts was in 2004.