Peyton Manning will finally square off against his old team in the playoffs when the Indianapolis Colts travel to the Mile High city to take on the Broncos. This will be the third time that the Colts have faced the Broncos since the departure of Manning in 2012. Despite the history between these two teams, this game is the easiest matchup on wallets this weekend in the NFL.
According to Alliance Tickets, the average price of Colts vs. Broncos tickets is $246.86 on the secondary market. That makes the cost of this game $26.28 less than the average price for all the Divisional Round games, which is $273.14. Tickets are going for as little as $89.00. NFL fans in the greater Denver area are going to be able to see top-notch playoff football without breaking the bank this weekend.
Aside from the Manning fanfare, there is still an extremely exciting matchup at hand. Everyone knows that the Broncos have an elite passing offense, but some tough corners from Indianapolis will challenge them. Vontae Davis and Greg Toller pose a tough challenge to the Denver receivers; however, Toller has been hobbled by injury and has missed practices this week. If he can’t go, the pressure will be placed on Davis to defend all-pro receiver Demaryius Thomas.
Although the Broncos hold the 9th-best passing defense, they will be in for a tough test against Andrew Luck and his passing offense, which is averaging the most yards per game out of any team in the NFL. In their week 1 matchup, the Broncos were able to intercept Luck twice, and pull away with a 31-24 victory.
However, their meeting in 2013 told a different story. Luck threw three touchdowns and zero interceptions on 228 yards passing en route to a Colts victory.
The winner of this game advances to the AFC championship game, and the Broncos could be in the position to get the conference title game at home if they win. Denver could be in trouble if leading tackler Brandon Marshall doesn’t play, he is currently listed as questionable due to a foot injury.