Three weeks ago, we wondered if any team is capable of beating the high-flying Denver Broncos. We got our answer Sunday night when the Colts turned in a convincing 39-33 victory in Peyton Manning's Indianapolis homecoming.
The game-changing play was a safety by NFL sack leader Robert Mathis after which Manning's already subpar arm strength became a major liability. The Colts went on a 21-0 run while Manning launched a series of wounded ducks to the tune of 5-of-12 for 36 yards during a second- and third-quarter stretch.
Manning insisted after the game that his arm is fine. "I throw a lot of wobbly passes," Manning said. "I throw a lot of wobbly touchdowns, too."
Mathis led a relentless Indy pass rush that hit Manning at least 10 times, producing four sacks and forced an interception.
While the Kansas City Chiefs are standing atop the AFC West as the NFL's last undefeated team, the Broncos are heading back to the drawing board to fix a defense that has surrendered an average of 35 points and 419 yards over the past three weeks.