In one of the most anticipated NFL regular season games of all time, Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos travel to face the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday night. For more from the Denver side of things, I reached out to Kim Constantinesco, who covers the Broncos for Predominantly Orange.com. Listed below is the first part of our conversation.
NF – What was the feeling around the team, after Peyton threw a Manning-esque interception, to lose last year’s playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens? What if the Broncos dominate the regular season this year, but go one-and-done in the playoffs again?
PO -There were so many things that had to go wrong in the playoff loss to the Ravens and they all did. It wasn’t just Manning’s interceptions that threw the game. It was the Broncos’ inability to run and convert third downs, it was the defense giving up nearly 500 yards, it was kicker Matt Prater missing a field goal, it was John Fox taking a knee and playing for overtime rather than going after the win in regulation, it was Rahim Moore getting “too excited” and letting that 70-yard touchdown go, it was Tony Carter not bumping Jacoby Jones at the line on the same play. You get the point. Anything short of a Super Bowl appearance would be a disappointment right now. Another one-and-done would probably spell some big coaching changes.
Stay tuned to Naptown’s Finest for more of my discussion with Kim, concerning the Colts and Broncos.