Kickoff is set for 6:15 p.m. Mile High on Thursday, October 6, 2022 at Empower Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado.
1:15 PM MT: The Broncos picked up running back Devine Ozigbo, safety Anthony Harris, and outside linebacker Jonathan Kongbo of the practice squad before their game against the Colts on TNF.
5:00 PM MT: Some surprises for the idle Broncos tonight. Right tackle Billy Turner looks like he might go for the first time in a Denver uniform in this game. He will be active. Look at the full list of inactives for this Broncos-Colts game here.
18:19 MT: Nyheim Hines was knocked out of the game early. After he was hit and treated, he clearly had problems with mobility. Since the concussion protocol in the NFL has been under fire in recent weeks, we can assume they’ll be more cautious with Hines here.
6:25 PM MT: After forcing the Colts into a third and out on their opening drive, Russell Wilson and the Broncos quickly drove down the field into the red zone. However, their drive would stall at the 15 where Brandon McManus would put them up 3-0 in the first quarter.
6:53 PM MT: The first quarter would come to an end with a three and out battle forming. Outside of that first Broncos drive that ended in a field goal, both teams mostly punted and three and out is usually how they got there. Full summary of the first quarter.
19:01 MT: Denver finally started again. However, as they threatened the red zone, Garett Bolles moved early to a Russell Wilson hard count that supported them. KJ Hamler almost broke a third down pass for six, but was tackled short of the sticks. McManus would put Denver up 6-0 in the second quarter instead.
19:11 MT: With the Colts driving and just two plays removed from Phillip Lindsay breaking open a 16-yard gain, Matt Ryan would try to force the ball over the middle of the field to a waiting Caden Sterns. He would catch the ball and return it to the Broncos 37 yard line to keep the Colts scoreless.
19:36 MT: Ronald Darby came up limping on a play late in the first half and was taken to the locker room. He is doubtful to return.
19:41 MT: The Colts drove all the way down to the 15-yard line, but back-to-back sacks by the Broncos’ defense for huge losses put them in a third-and-38 situation. They got just enough yards to give them a 52-yard field goal attempt to cut the Broncos lead to 6–3 just before halftime. Full second quarter summary.
7:44 PM MT: News broke at halftime that ILB Josey Jewell is also questionable to return with a knee problem. He limped on the Colts’ final drive and is now unlikely to play in the second half. He would be ruled out to start the second half.
20:18 MT: Indianapolis would tie the game early in the third quarter with a strong drive, but Denver’s defense would stiffen to force a field goal and a 6-6 tie.
20:25 MT: After yet another interception by Caden Sterns directly after a Broncos field goal attempt was blocked, Denver was able to get the ball back in field goal range to retake the lead late in the third quarter up 9-6. Ronald Darby would also be officially removed from this game.
20:33 MT: The third quarter would end with a blowout with Russell Wilson hitting Mike Boone on a screen pass. Boone would follow his blockers all the way for a 34-yard gain to the Colts’ 31-yard line. Well inside McManus field goal range. Full recap of the third quarter.
20:39 MT: With a field goal interval in hand, Russell Wilson felt the pressure and just threw it out for an interception to end the Broncos’ drive. Another winning opportunity snuffed out by head-scratching decisions. Immediately after the drive, Wilson went to the blue medical tent. Brett Rypien is warming up on the sidelines. Wilson came out clapping and looking like he was ready to go.
20:52 MT: Dre’Mont Jones left the game to be evaluated for a concussion. He was later cleared to return to the game after going through the concussion protocol.
20:56 MT: Baron Browning then left the game with what looks like a hand injury. He would walk to the locker room with trainers.
Week 5 starts with Thursday Night Football and the Denver Broncos (2-2) will host the Indianapolis Colts (1-2-1) in their third primetime game this season. Both teams stumbled out of the gates as their new quarterbacks figure out their new teams.
Matt Ryan throws a lot of interceptions, but over his last two games he has improved greatly with a 4-1 touchdown to interception ratio. However, he has nine fumbles this season and that is an area the Broncos defense could exploit. Ryan turned the ball over eight total times in four games.
Meanwhile, Russell Wilson has been up and down and all over the place in his start in Denver. He wasn’t turnover prone like Ryan, but he also couldn’t find any consistency on offense yet this season. He had his most efficient game last week, but a terrible third quarter led to a deficit the team could not overcome.
In partnership with DraftKings Sportsbook, I am covering all my options this year on TallySight. Our staff is pretty confident the Broncos can pull off a win here in our weekly score predictions and I was more confident than most with a 27-17 score prediction there. I think this is a game away from Denver against the Colts.