The Indianapolis Colts fell to the Denver Broncos 34-20 on Sunday after a . With the loss, the Colts now start with an 0-2 record for the third-straight season.
The Indianapolis Colts were looking for another Andrew Luck-led 4th quarter comeback against the Broncos on Sunday, until things went south fast.
In the fourth quarter, the Colts were marching down the field, down by just three points as they looked to take the lead. That’s when Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib intercepted Luck’s pass intended for Phillip Dorsett and returned it 46 yards to give Denver a 23-13 lead.
Frank Gore would cap off the following Colts drive with a seven yard receiving touchdown to widen the gap and cut the deficit to 20-23. After a Broncos field goal to give them a 20-26 lead, Luck and the Colts looked to march down the field for a potential game-winning touchdown.
That’s when things went south very quick for the Colts…
Right tackle Joe Reitz was completely beaten by Super Bowl 50 MVP Von MIller for a strip-sack, which was returned by Denver’s Shane Rey for a 15-yard return. The Broncos would go up 34-20 after a successful two-point conversion.
Luck finished the game completing 21 of his 40 passing attempts for 197 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Gore rushed for 44 yards on 14 carries — good for 3.4 yards against the Bronco’s stingy defense.
With the loss, the Colts start off their season with an 0-2 record for the third-straight year. With the San Diego Chargers and Jacksonville Jaguars being the next opponents on the Colts’ schedule, earning victories in each of the two contests is critical if they wish to make the playoffs.
With the Chargers being without receiver Keenan Allen for the season and running back Danny Woodhead likely being out for an extended amount of time, the Colts now have two less players for the banged up defense to worry about — making the odds of a week three win slightly higher.
Donte Moncrief Injury Status
Wide receiver Donte Moncrief exited the game midway through after taking a hit to the head on a pass from the Broncos’ T.J. Ward.
Moncrief didn’t return for the rest of the game and is believed to have gone through the league’s concussion protocol. His status for next Sunday’s game against the Chargers is unknown.
With so many recent injuries, the Colts need as many players as they can have to be healthy if they wish to avoid their first 0-3 start since 2011.
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