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Miller has three sacks, defense saves Broncos again

Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib scores past Indianapolis Colts tight end Jack Doyle after a interception during the second half in a NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey) AP

An interception return touchdown by cornerback Aqib Talib and a 15-yard fumble return touchdown by linebacker Shane Ray — both in the fourth quarter — pushed the Broncos to a 34-20 win over the Colts Sunday.

The defense continues to dominate for the defending champions, who are now 2-0 with first-time starter Trevor Siemian at quarterback.

The Broncos led at halftime, 13-6, and the defensive touchdowns were their only touchdowns of the second half. The Colts hung around and trailed by just six when Broncos linebacker Von Miller stripped Colts quarterback Andrew Luck and Ray returned it for a touchdown.

Miler was his usual, dominant self and had three sacks. The Broncos sacked Luck five times and outgained the Colts, 400-253.

Talib’s 46-yard interception return early in the fourth quarter made it 23-13, but the Colts answered with a touchdown pass from Luck to Frank Gore to get back within a field goal.

Luck was 21-of-40 passing for 197 yards but didn’t go over 100 yards until the fourth quarter. Siemian was 22-of-33 for 266 yards and one interception.

The 0-2 Colts host the Chargers next week. The Broncos are at the Bengals.

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24 Responses to “Miller has three sacks, defense saves Broncos again”
  1. terripet says: Sep 18, 2016 7:49 PM

    Irsay time to fire pagano this guy has no clue how do you not leave a back in for protection against the best D in the league

  2. jakec4 says: Sep 18, 2016 7:51 PM

    Andrew Luck is overpaid.

  3. codysmart says: Sep 18, 2016 7:52 PM

    Denver looking a lot like last year’s team. Only difference is this year’s offense is putting up slightly better numbers.

  4. terripet says: Sep 18, 2016 7:56 PM

    Luck is not overpaid he has no O line no D and no coach

  5. coltsreign says: Sep 18, 2016 7:58 PM

    That’s it, there are so many things as a Colts fan I learned today:
    1.We have a lousy strength and conditioning coach , as evident in 5 corners being out
    2. Nantz/Sims= Broncos victory
    3. The Colts suffered what new England suffered in the AFCCG
    4. Pagano cannot manage a game properly and focus on opponent tendencies.
    5. Andrew Luck needs to Release the ball faster like he use to
    6. We need a pass rush

    I’m however glad we made it a close game until the last 10 minutes.

    I will leave the Broncos fans to celebrate their victory but just remeber, it’s a copycat league so some teams will look at we did in order to have kept the game close despite our lackluster defense. Perhaps they can perfect it.

    Indianapolis:20
    Demver:34

  6. joeflaccoallday says: Sep 18, 2016 7:59 PM

    LUck is terrible.

  7. trigzter says: Sep 18, 2016 8:06 PM

    the D might have played well but Luck just looked horrible. So many bad throws that werent rushed.

  8. ryanc2015 says: Sep 18, 2016 8:12 PM

    This defence looks just as good as last year. Offence has potential to be better. The rest of the league better take note.

  9. godenbroncos says: Sep 18, 2016 8:13 PM

    Yeah, good idea, copy that game plan. You said it best, Denver: 34 Indianapolis: 20

    -GoDenBroncos

  10. yourunclerico says: Sep 18, 2016 8:15 PM

    such bs PI calls in favor of the donkeys when it really counted. gotta give it up to the refs though, they always keep the donks in the game,even against a really badly beatup team like the colts.

  11. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Sep 18, 2016 8:20 PM

    codysmart says:
    Sep 18, 2016 7:52 PM
    Denver looking a lot like last year’s team. Only difference is this year’s offense is putting up slightly better numbers.

    ——————–

    The defense has taken a step back, the d line doesn’t generate the same push up the middle. The Patriots o line will destroy them especially now Dante Scarnecchia is back. It will give the QB room to step in the pocket and throw. The loss of Malik Jackson was a bigger loss than they realized.

  12. margoadams says: Sep 18, 2016 8:27 PM

    The Air is Coming out of The Dolts Season. Couldn’t happen to a nicer GM & Owner. #Deflategate Karma

  13. margoadams says: Sep 18, 2016 8:29 PM

    Brakeman & Hocholi 14 – 0 when Referring Bronco Games. No HGH investigation. NFL does love their Broncos.

  14. stealthjunk says: Sep 18, 2016 8:31 PM

    coltsreign says: Sep 18, 2016 7:58 PM
    I will leave the Broncos fans to celebrate their victory but just remeber, it’s a copycat league so some teams will look at we did in order to have kept the game close despite our lackluster defense. Perhaps they can perfect it.
    ======================

    The “secret” is that Luck was running for his life the entire game with some success — extending plays for 10 seconds until receivers finally became open or rushing for 10+ yards at a time. Not to mention the few times he broke tackles in the pocket to avoid crushing sacks. There are very few QBs that can pull that off, and the Broncos just beat two of the best in the past 3 games (Newton, Newton, Luck — only Russ Wislon is in the same league as these two). So by all means, let’s see the other teams try to copy that.

  15. sdcharger123 says: Sep 18, 2016 8:41 PM

    Everything around Luck is a complete disaster. The Broncos barely even have a QB. I guess the defense is THAT good.

  16. kash71 says: Sep 18, 2016 8:44 PM

    Also Sieman has a better QB rating than Osweiler, just let that sink in for 72 million dollars.

  17. goattoday says: Sep 18, 2016 8:45 PM

    coltsreign says: Sep 18, 2016 7:58 PM
    I will leave the Broncos fans to celebrate their victory but just remeber, it’s a copycat league so some teams will look at we did in order to have kept the game close despite our lackluster defense. Perhaps they can perfect it.
    ======================
    This is funny. Colts are 0-2, not much to copy. Broncs are defending champs, lots to copy.

  18. skawh says: Sep 18, 2016 9:02 PM

    Luck not over 100 yards until the 4th quarter? Sounds like a misprint. But anytime you give up 14 points in the 4th quarter to the defense you’re almost always going to lose.

    It will get interesting for Denver if their QB gets injured. Two good teams sustained QB injuries already. So, lets see how good this Denver D looks on the road after two home games.

  19. bullogne says: Sep 18, 2016 9:03 PM

    Because of Andrew Luck this was still a game late in the 4th quarter. Running for a first down on 3rd and 20, taking a number of hits and breaking tackles. He could have easily been sacked 10 times.

  20. captainwhodat says: Sep 18, 2016 9:08 PM

    broncos playing just like Elway drew the season up…

  21. stipez says: Sep 18, 2016 9:26 PM

    Trent Dilfer loves this Denver team.

  22. larrywr400 says: Sep 19, 2016 2:18 AM

    Where are the haters who said the Broncos D was going to tank.. Malik and travathian who?

  23. deepwater805 says: Sep 19, 2016 9:50 AM

    margoadams: “Referring”? Are you still in the sixth grade, or is that what you called your senior year? It’s hard to take someone serious when they’re a complete m0r0n.

  24. tonebones says: Sep 19, 2016 2:58 PM

    You can’t leave that right tackle out there all by himself to block Von Miller. But still, the Colts held their own, and I had confidence Luck was going to take the team downfield for the winning drive. I give Denver credit. Their defense is awesome, and Trevor Siemian was an absolute steal. The Colts can still go 11-5 easy. All their good DBs are hurt, and the young O-Line is only going to get better.

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