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Broncos vs. Colts Preview: Is Indianapolis a Shoe-In To Win?

HOUSTON - NOVEMBER 29:  Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts throws a pass in the game against the Houston Texans on November 29, 2009  at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. The Colts won 35-27.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Jeffrey BoswellAnalyst IDecember 11, 2009

Note: The quotes in this article are fictional.

The Colts, winners of 12 straight this year and 21 regular season games, host the Broncos, who have won two in a row after four straight losses dimmed the luster of a 6-0 start. So, barring a tie, and a quick explanation of NFL rules to Donovan McNabb, one team's streak will come to an end.

"Our 21-game streak compared to Denver's two-game streak?" said Peyton Manning. "That's like comparing apples to 'orange.'" "

The truth is, I love playing Denver, the Broncos as well as John. For me, joining the 'Mile-High Club,' as for most people, consists of 'ins and outs.' Mine just happens to be learning the 'in and outs' of a new playbook while listening to 'Rocky Mountain High' on my headphones, while cruising 30,000 feet above the mortals below me."

"Historically, the Broncos have not fared well in Indianapolis. I recall two wildcard blowouts in 2004 and 2005. So you can expect those horses from Denver to be saying 'whoa is me!'"

The Broncos rushed for 245 yards last week against the Chiefs, and that running attack will have to be successful to limit Peyton Manning's opportunities.

"Manning is a clever devil," says McDaniels, "but if it's 'horseplay' he wants, it's 'horseplay' he'll get. Despite those two big losses, and despite the logo on the Indy helmets, there's no way they're a 'shoe -in' for victory."

"I've got a game plan guaranteed to beat the Colts, and if my team carries it out correctly, we'll win. If they don't, I will give them a cursing out that would make a sailor turn a dangerous shade of 'Shanahan.'"

Can the Broncos pull off the upset? Scoring touchdowns in the red zone will be imperative. In the end, though, the Colts' "bend but don't break" defense will snap back, and Indy will overcome a third-quarter deficit. It's the Indy "Losing But Don't Lose" offense.

Colts win, 30-26.

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