There is no sugar-coating or rose-colored glasses allowed amongst Colts fans in 2022, and we’re only four games into a 17-game regular season slate. A few things are extremely likely, although none necessarily apply to the Colts.
First, the darlings of the NFL in Week 4 are rarely so heading into the season's final stretch. Second, multiple playoff teams that will be feared heading into the playoffs are getting mentions in way too early top pick projection stories for next year’s NFL Draft. Third, few teams who make changes at the quarterback position over the offseason come out of the gates hot. Perhaps getting acclimated to a new offensive scheme, players, and other personnel takes longer than fans expect.
All those things said, the Colts have failed to put things together to this point, and they’ll now be without their best offensive skill player and arguably the heart of their defense. The Colts play the Denver Broncos in Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime Video tonight, with DraftKings Sportsbook having Indy as 3.5-point underdogs.
The Broncos, however, have injury issues of their own, including to their second-year running back Javonte Williams. Many thought Williams would thrive with Russell Wilson’s arm giving opposing secondaries reason to pause. Instead, an ACL tear will cost him the remainder of the season. Similarly, one of Denver’s best defenders Randy Gregory has been on injured reserve.
What to make of this game? Tough to say. Both teams are in the same position. The Broncos have shown signs of life on both sides of the football but have never put a full game together or seen both sides of the ball playing well at once. Denver’s offensive line has been bad, and Russell Wilson has had little time to throw. Matt Ryan and the Colts are a mirror image.
I suppose it’s no surprise that oddsmakers are stuck with a 3.5-point line that favors the Broncos at home. In betting parlance, the oddsmakers are giving the Broncos a half-point edge. It could be a nail-biter. Or boring. Or both.
Which means it’ll probably be a fun game.
8:15 p.m. ET on Thursday, October 6, 2022
- Empower Field at Mile High
- 1701 Bryant St, Denver, CO 80204
- Capacity: 76,125
- Regional Channel: ABC/WRTV in Indianapolis
- Play-by-play: Al Michaels
- Color analyst: Kirk Herbstreit
- Sideline Reporter: Kaylee Hartung
TV Streaming Options
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93.5 and 107.5 FM The Fan, 97.1 HANK FM, and WFNI 1070-AM The Fan
SiriusXM Channel 813
- Play-by-Play: Matt Taylor
- Color Analyst: Rick Venturi
- Sideline: Larra Overton
Radio Streaming Options
- Fans within 100 miles of Indianapolis can listen to the local broadcast on the Colts App and Colts.com.
- Fans everywhere can listen to the local broadcast of the game on Colts.com (Desktop Only).
- NFL+: Live game audio (home, away & national calls) for every game of the season. Sign up for a free trial.
Colts Gameday radio coverage begins at 5:30 p.m. ET with “Colts Pre-Game Huddle” and followed by “Countdown to Kickoff” at 7:30. Stay tuned for “The 5th Quarter Huddle” immediately after the game.
Colts are listed as 3.5-point underdogs by DraftKings Sportsbook as of this writing. For updated lines, please visit DraftKings Sportsbook.