Week 15 starts off with a Thursday Night Showdown between the 3-10 Indianapolis Colts and 4-9 Denver Broncos. Both teams are eliminated from playoff contention after losing their games last week and they are playing for nothing at this point in the season. This perhaps is a game where many won’t want to watch since these teams have underperformed all season and have nothing to play for except for team pride. Though there still will be matchups to watch for heading into this game.
1. T.Y. Hilton’s Battle with “No Fly Zone”
The magic number for T.Y. Hilton and the Colts is 100… a number that he hasn’t eclipsed since they won against the Texans 5 weeks ago. When he has eclipsed 100 yards, they Colts are 3-0, when he doesn’t they’re 0-10. This will not be an easy task especially since the Broncos boast one of the league’s best passing defense ranking 2nd in passing yards per game allowed (191.1) so this will not be an easy task for Hilton or for Brissett.
2. Both Teams’ Offensive Lines
Both teams have a bad offensive line starting with the Broncos who rank 4th in sacks allowed with 41.0 while the Colts ranks 1st in sacks allowed with 52.0. The advantage goes to the Broncos defense because they rank 19th in total sacks (30.0) as opposed to the Colts who rank 31st in total sacks (20.0). The performances of these two defense will make this game a defensive battle and perhaps even make it a low-scoring affair.
3. Both Teams’ Quarterback Play
Both teams’ quarterbacks have struggled all season long but surprisingly didn’t throw an interception last week in their games. Siemian will have a huge advantage because the Colts rank 30th in passing yards per game allowed (257.8) while the Broncos rank second, which will make it tough for Brissett to throw against the “No Fly Zone”. Odds are, Siemian performs better than Brissett which will be a key factor in a Broncos win.
Bold Prediction: Trevor Siemian throws for 300 yards and 3 TDs with 2 of them being caught by Demariyus Thomas.