DENVER - Forget the Raiders or even the Patriots. If you’re looking for the Broncos real rival, look at the Colts.
Indianapolis just brings out the worst in Denver. The Broncos have lost eight of their last nine head-to-head matchups against Indianapolis.
“The last couple of years they came in here and beat Denver in the playoff game and then beat us last year,” Broncos Head Coach Gary Kubiak said. “It’s the same team pretty much, so we’ve got a lot of respect for them. Offensively they probably have as many weapons that we’ll see all year long, and then defensively they’ll give you a lot of trouble protecting the quarterback and those types of things. We have a lot of respect for them and their coaches and we know that we’ll have to play very well.”
“I don’t know if, when they see the Broncos they just want to go out there and kick our butts, or just how they feel when they play,” Broncos running back CJ Anderson said. “They’re very well coached, we know that. The coaching staff over there, [Head Coach Chuck] Pagano, what he does, especially his background being in Baltimore, having that physical background that he has, he just imposes that on his players and it’s worked out no matter who’s on the team every year.”
Denver safety Darian Stewart knows the Broncos must be better to get the better of the Colts.
“Absolutely. We always try to go back in the past to try to clean up stuff." Stewart said. "They might come back and try to attack us the same way. We’re just trying to clean up our mistakes from the last game moving forward.”
Peyton Manning played a part in all of those games. This will actually be the first matchup between these two teams that won’t involve Manning since 1993. Back then John Elway was the Broncos quarterback. Now it’s up to Trevor Siemian to get it done for Denver.
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