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Posted on September 13, 2010 at 08:35 PM.
The Indianapolis Colts came into the week struggling. They were 0-2 after losing to the Giants and the Texans, in both losses they could not get their running game going. Coming into the game against Denver they were averaging 62.5 yards per game on the ground. Manning had looked efficient but no like his former self.

The Broncos marched into week 3 confident and with their head held high despite a injury plagued defense. In their previous two victories Kyle Orton had played spectacularly and Knowshon Moreno showed vast improvements from last season. The Broncos defense was the most impressive, only allowing just under 200 yards per game on average.

Both teams reverted into last seasons form in this match up. The Colts exploded on offense and the Broncos floundered with the ball. The end result, a 37-17 route. Joseph Addai ran for 176 yards on the ground and Donald Brown added 86 yards of his own. The Colts shredded the Denver defense which routinely packed seven or eight men in the box trying to slow down the Colts running game. Manning in turn lit up the one on one coverage in the secondary passing for 262 yards and 2 touchdowns.

As soon as the game started you knew it was over. On the fifth play of the game Manning dropped a perfect pass over the shoulder of a streaking Dallas Clark for a 49 yard touchdown pass. He beat line backer Robert Ayers on the play.

Next Colt's possession Joseph Addai took a hand off ran into a wall of linemen before bouncing outside and exploding up field. The Broncos had no chance of catching him and he was gone for a 74 yard touchdown gallop.

The Colts never looked back, getting constant pressure on Orton throughout the day. Kyle finished 13 of 30 for 141 yards and 2 interceptions. The running game never had a chance for the Broncos either; they were held to 40 yards rushing. Indianapolis outgained the Broncos 530 yards to 134. The only bright side for Denver was an explosive 88 yard punt return touchdown for Eddie Royal, his second special teams touchdown of the year.

After the game Manning suggested that his team had finally found their form, "The last couple of weeks have been difficult for us. The offense was having problems with timing and we couldn't get on the same page. Everything clicked out their today and we really found our groove. Now we have to focus on having a great week in practice and preparing for the Jaguars."

The Broncos face the Tennessee Titans next week. Their front seven will have to preform much better to keep Chris Johnson in check.

NFL Scoreboard - Broncos (2-0) at Colts (0-2)
September 26, 20101234F
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Broncos - Stats
Colts - Stats
Team Stats Comparison
First Downs207
3rd Down Efficiency4-92-10
4th Down Efficiency0-00-0
Total Yards530167
Passing Yards262127
Rushing Yards26840
Penalties-Penalty Yards4-452-20
Time of Possession27:0220:58
Scoring Summary
First QuarterINDDEN
IND10:00D. Clark 49 yd pass from Manning (A. Vinatari kick)70
IND2:58J. Addai 74 yd run (A. Vinatari kick)140
Second QuarterINDDEN
IND7:32A. Vinatari 17 yd FG170
IND0:11A. Vinatari 27 yd FG200
Third QuarterINDDEN
DEN4:06M. Prater 41 yd FG203
IND2:17A. Gonzalez 19 yd pass from Manning (A. Vinatari kick)273
DEN0:36E. Royal 88 yd punt return (M. Prater kick)2710
Fourth QuarterINDDEN
IND5:46D. Brown 39 yd run (A. Vinatari kick)3410
DEN0:53K. Moreno 1 yd run (M. Prater kick)3417
IND0:31A. Vinatari 19 yd FG3717
K. Orton13/3014102
K. Moreno13403.01
D. Graham4260
J. Gaffney3400
B. Lloyd2490
K. Moreno2110
R. Ayers10000
W. Woodyard7000
D. Bruton5000
A. Goodman3010
P. Manning20/3326221
J. Addai211768.31
D. Brown68614.31
G. Robinson166.00
A. Gonzalez4611
D. Clark4781
R. Wayne4330
B. Eldridge3470
G. Brackett6020
C. Session5000
B. Sanders4000
R. Humbler4000
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