The first six games of the season were filled with high scores and mostly dominant victories. Besides the epic week five shootout with the Dallas Cowboys, (where Denver won 51-48) the closest game Denver played before losing to the Colts was when they beat the Oakland Raiders 37-21.
The Colts definitely exposed some of Denver's weaknesses. While they certainly boast an unreal passing attack, a solid running game and a strong defensive front seven, they are struggling in the defensive backfield. Opposing quarterbacks are able to pass on Denver with relative ease, and with the offensive line beat up, this is making Peyton Manning's job difficult.
The playoffs are almost certainly still in Denver's future this year, yet to win against the best, Denver will need to contain opposing offenses and not rely on scoring more than 35 points every game.
With some of these problems swept out from under the rug, let's look at an updated game-by-game analysis of the Broncos' remaining nine games.