Countless storylines from the Denver Broncos-Indianapolis Colts match-up but one stands out: the once-franchise quarterback facing his former team for the first time.
Peyton Manning faces the Indianapolis Colts for the first time, and the connection will not be lost when his present team, the Denver Broncos, try to keep their perfect record this season against the franchise he led for 13 years from 1998 to 2010.
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The 37-year-old quarterback has led the Broncos to record-breaking feats to start the 2013 season. Except for a three point win vs. the Dallas Cowboys on the road, Denver has won all of their games via double-digits or an 18.8 margin of victory in those other five wins.
Not surprisingly, the Broncos lead the league in passing yards per game (360.7) and average points per game (44.2) behind Manning, who’s number one in total passing yards (2,179), average passing yards (363), total touchdowns (22) and QB passer rating (128.8).
The Colts passing defense, which ranks 8th overall in the league limiting opponents to 205.7 per outing, will be tested by Manning and the Broncos.
Indianapolis has a 4-2 record and had impressive wins against Super Bowl contenders San Francisco (27-7) in Week 3 and Seattle Seahawks (34-28) in Week 5. They lost to the San Diego Chargers on the road, 19-9 in their last outing.
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Betting Against the Spread (ATS)
Denver Broncos Trends
- The Broncos are 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 games
- The Broncos are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games on the road
- The Broncos are 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games vs. AFC teams
Indianapolis Colts Trends
- The Colts are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games at home
- The Colts are 20-9-2 ATS in their last 31 games vs. teams with winning records
- The Colts are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. AFC teams
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