After defeating the Cincinnati Bengals in the wild card round, the Indianapolis Colts are in preparation for a familiar foe; the Denver Broncos.
It says something about a team when multiple coordinators are being coveted by opposing franchises for multiple years in a row. The Denver Broncos have lost a few along the way, and both Adam Gase and Jack Del Rio are currently hot commodities.
Peyton Manning versus Andrew Luck and his former team, the Indianapolis Colts. It’s a dream matchup for the NFL, but a playoff game that could be decided by the play of two relative no-names at running back.
New England and Baltimore are developing an impressive postseason rivalry.
NFL Wildcard weekend has been a fun ride, as per usual, filled with tough defense and a few phenomenal plays. The Indianapolis Colts took care of the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday afternoon, meaning a matchup between Peyton Manning’s Denver Broncos and his former team.
Denver is stacked with talented players thanks to John Elway’s construction of the team over the last four years. So, there have been far more “studs” than “duds” this season, and we’ll look at a few specific men here.
Considering the violent nature of the National Football League, the Denver Broncos have made it through the regular season relatively healthy. But there were plenty of bumps and bruises, as well as more major injuries, the last few weeks, making the bye important for the team.
The Cincinnati Bengals haven’t won an NFL playoff game since January 6, 1990. They beat the Houston Oilers—right there, that tells you it was a long time ago—by a 41-14 score in the wild-card round of the AFC playoffs. Since then, the Bengals have lost all five postseason contests they’ve played in. That needs to change this weekend.
The Green Bay Packers do not have many holes in their game as they enter the playoffs as the No. 2 seed in the NFC. However, one is their blocking in the kicking game. They allowed more combined blocked field goals, extra point attempts and punts than they had in the previous five seasons combined.
Throughout the John Elway – Peyton Manning Era, a focus on offense was apparent. But things have changed this season, and possibly for the better, as the Broncos are more well-suited to face the playoffs this time around.