October 30, 2006 8:04 AM
With no pressure, Manning washes Broncos
Peyton Manning drops back, has time, has more time, checks his e-mail, IM's a buddy, still looking, throws, complete.
Manning sliced and diced a Broncos defense that was the league's elite in points allowed and Adam Vinatieri struck the final blow, a 37-yard field on the game's final snap as the Indianapolis Colts stayed undefeated at 7-0 while beating the Broncos 34-31.
Not much solace to Broncos fans, but this was one wonderful football game; easily the best in the NFL this season. Denver's offense came alive, Jake Plummer was better, but the defense put alarmingly little presure on the league's best quarterback.
Where did the Broncos' defense go wrong? Were they simply exposed by the league's best team? Why didn't they blitz more? Are you encouraged by the play of Plummer and the offense? Do you think the Colts and Broncos will meet again in the AFC championship?