The Storyline: What a Way to Start
The high point of the Indianapolis Colts' 2013 season came in Week 7.
In front of a nationwide audience in prime time, Andrew Luck and the Colts outdueled Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, handing them their first loss of the season.
The problem is that there's a pretty good chance Manning remembers the game as well.
After all, it was supposed to be his triumphant return to where his NFL career began. Instead, fans in Indy cheered Robert Mathis as he chased Manning around in a game that wasn't as close as the final score.
The Score: Broncos 45, Colts 30
What a way to kick off the NFL's Sunday night slate in 2014.
Manning threw for 386 yards in that meeting in Indianapolis, including a fourth-quarter comeback that almost got the Broncos back in the game.
Granted, it's reasonable to expect some regression offensively in Denver this year. Record-setting numbers like the ones Manning and the Broncos put up last year just aren't sustainable.
Still, this is a team that shouldn't have any trouble scoring points, especially after addressing Eric Decker's departure quickly by signing wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders.
The Broncos also got better on defense, adding defensive end DeMarcus Ware, safety T.J. Ward and cornerback Aqib Talib.
A win in Denver would be even bigger than last year's victory, but odds are Manning gets a measure of revenge against his old team.