DENVER BRONCOS (4-9)
at INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (3-10)
Lucas Oil Stadium Ė Indianapolis, IN
Kickoff: Thursday, 8:25 p.m. ET
Line: Denver -2.0, Total: 41.5
A pair of hopeless teams meets in Indianapolis when the Colts host the Broncos on Thursday. The Broncos are coming off of a 23-0 victory over the Jets, and QB Trevor Siemian did his job in that one. Siemian completed 19 of his 31 pass attempts for 200 yards, one touchdown and no picks in that game. If he can turn in a similar performance then the Broncos will have a shot on Thursday. This Broncos defense is still capable of playing at a high level on occasion, so itís important that Siemian is able to protect the ball in this game. It shouldnít be that hard with a talented group of wide receivers, and he really should be able to do more than just be a game manager with WR Demaryius Thomas on the outside. As for the running game, it would be nice to see RB Devontae Booker get more involved in the offense. He has rushed for just 3.4 yards per carry this season, but heís probably the most talented back on this roster. RB C.J. Anderson is no longer cutting it for Denver, and RB Jamaal Charles is way too far out of his prime. Denver needs to find out what it has in Booker, and this is a great chance against an Indianapolis defense that is very beatable.
The Colts are only 3-10 this season, but they have been very competitive. There have been a number of things that have happened to this team that could have caused them to quit, but they play hard every week. That says a lot about them, and it could help them next year. They know what itís like to play in close games, and they havenít allowed themselves to just get blown out every week. Thatís tough when a team loses a guy like Luck, who is both its best player and one of the highest-paid players in the league. QB Jacoby Brissett has thrown for 2,611 yards with 11 touchdowns and only seven picks. He has done an admirable job as a starter, and he has also had some big games for this team. Itís very possible that he can do it again on Thursday, as the Broncos have shown that they can quit on any given week. And it helps having WR T.Y. Hilton, who is as explosive a player as there is in this league. Defensively, the Colts will give themselves a good chance if they are simply stopping the run.