So a friend of mine is a Broncos fan as well as a Colts fan. She supports the Colts unless they are playing the Broncos, in which case she gets an excuse to get drunk because her team lost, something that doesn't happen a lot when she supports the Colts. But I digress.
I thought I remembered that we usually do well against the Broncos, and I went back into the history to find out how well we have done. I didn't bother looking at anything in Baltimore (pre-1985) because I didn't want to light off any Baltimore fans still upset about the "midnight ride" (get over it). Here's what I found out:
In the Peyton Manning Era, the Colts have played the Broncos exactly eight times. We lost two of those eight games, so even if we don't look at anything else, we beat them 75% of the time. But let's look at those two games:
1. December 21st, 2003: The Colts were 11-3 at this point, and the Titans were 10-4, but the Colts swept the Titans. Arguably, this is the only game that the Colts lost that mattered for anything (although it didn't end up mattering at all). The Broncos won 31-17, but the Colts came back two weeks later and shellacked the Broncos in the first round of the playoffs. The Colts won the rematch 41-10. Yes, that's right, the margin of victory was exactly the same as the Broncos entire score in the first game.
2. January 3rd, 2005: The Colts had locked up their playoff spot, and this was truly a meaningless game. Peyton and Edge only played one series. It was like a preseason game and we all know how much THOSE matter. Even with Captain Clipboard at the helm, the Colts still managed to only lose 33-14. Then a week later the Broncos played the Colts again, in the first round of the playoffs. One wonders if they flew home to Denver in between. The Colts played their starters that day, and once again shellacked the Broncos 49-24.
Other than those two losses, the Indianapolis Colts have beaten the Broncos at every contest during the Manning Dynasty: 2001, 2002, 2006, and 2007, as well as the two playoff wins mentioned above.
Stat of the week: The last time the Colts lost to Denver when the outcome of the game really mattered? October 3rd, 1993.
Am I worried? Nope.