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Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 | 8:25 PM ET | Lucas Oil Stadium | Referee: Terry McAulay
Week 15 begins on Thursday night (8:25 PM ET, NBC/NFLN/Amazon) as the Denver Broncos travel to Lucas Oil Stadium to battle the Indianapolis Colts. The Broncos and Colts meet for the 27th time, including the postseason, with the series tied 13-13. In their last meeting (September 18, 2016), Denver scored two defensive touchdowns in the fourth quarter – a 46-yard interception-return touchdown by cornerback Aqib Talib and a 15-yard fumble-return touchdown by linebacker Shane Ray– in the Broncos’ 34-20 win.
Denver aims for its second consecutive win after defeating the New York Jets 23-0 in Week 14. Broncos linebacker Von Miller, who has 10 sacks this year, has recorded at least 10 sacks in six of his seven career seasons and leads the NFL with 83.5 sacks since entering the league in 2011. Denver wide receiver Demaryius Thomas is one of two NFL players (Antonio Brown) with at least 500 catches (560), 7,500 receiving yards (7,641) and 50 touchdown catches (50) since 2012.
Indianapolis looks to rebound following a 13-7 overtime loss at Buffalo last week. Colts running back Frank Gore rushed for 130 yards in Week 14 and has 42 career games with at least 100 rushing yards, the second-most among active players (Adrian Peterson, 51). Gore, who has 941 scrimmage yards this season, can become the second player in NFL history with at least 1,000 scrimmage yards in 12 consecutive seasons, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith, who accomplished the feat in 13 consecutive seasons from 1990-2002.
|DENVER BRONCOS||INDIANAPOLIS COLTS|
|LAST WEEK||W 23-0 vs. New York Jets||L 13-7 (OT) at Buffalo|
|COACH VS. OPP.||Vance Joseph: 0-0||Chuck Pagano: 2-2|
|PASSING||Trevor Siemian: 201-340-2218-12-13-74.4||Jacoby Brissett: 228-381-2611-11-7-82.5|
|RUSHING||C.J. Anderson: 181-700-3.9-2||Frank Gore: 210-762-3.6-3|
|RECEIVING||Demaryius Thomas: 68-771-11.3-4||Jack Doyle (TE): 64-564-8.8-3|
|SACKS||Von Miller: 10||Jabaal Sheard: 4.5|
|INTs||Many tied: 2||Rashaan Melvin: 3|
|TAKE/GIVE||-14 (13/27)||+3 (18/15)|
|PUNTING (NET)||Riley Dixon: 46.0 (39.7)||Rigoberto Sanchez (R): 45.1 (42.5)|
|KICKING||Brandon McManus: 85 (22/22 PAT; 21/28 FG)||Adam Vinatieri: 84 (18/20 PAT; 22/25 FG)|
LEADER: Broncos lead all-time series, 13-10
STREAKS: Broncos have won 2 of past 3
LAST GAME: 9/18/16: Colts 20 at Broncos 34
LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/8/15: Colts 27, Broncos 24
ON THE AIRWAVES
TV: NBC/NFLN/Amazon Prime (8:25 PM ET): Mike Tirico, Cris Collinsworth, Heather Cox (Field reporter)
NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kenny Albert, Tony Boselli | SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 81 (Den), 83 (Ind) | XM: 88 (WW1), 81 (Den), 83 (Ind)
QB Trevor Siemian has 90+ rating in 2 of past 3. Passed for 266 yards in last meeting. Aims for 3rd in row on Thursday with TD pass.
RB C.J. Anderson has 183 scrimmage yards (91.5 per game) in past 2. Had 93 scrimmage yards (74 rush, 19 rec.) with rush TD in last meeting. In past 2 on Thursday, has 210 scrimmage yards (105 per game) with 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.). RB Jamaal Charles has 475 scrimmage yards (158.3 per game) with 2 rush TDs in past 3 vs. Ind.
WR Demaryius Thomas had 90 rec. yards in last meeting. Had 8 catches for 93 yards & TD last week. Has 4 TDs in past 6. Since 2012, ranks 2nd in NFL with 560 catches & 3rd with 7,641 rec. yards. WR Emmanuel Sanders had TD catch in last game at Ind. Has 6 TDs in past 5 on Thursday.
LB Von Miller had sack last week. Had 3 sacks & FF in last meeting. Has 5 sacks in past 6 on road. Aims for 5th in row on Thursday with sack. LB Brandon Marshall had 3 TFL, sack & FF in Week 14. Has 9+ tackles in 2 of past 3 vs. Ind. S Darian Stewart had INT last week. CB Aqib Talib had 46-yard INT-TD in last meeting. Has 9 PD & 2 INT-TDs in 5 career games vs. Ind. LB Shane Ray had 15-yard FR-TD in last meeting. CB Bradley Roby ties for 4th in NFL with 16 PD. DE Shelby Harris aims for 3rd in row with sack. DT Domata Peko had sack in last game vs. Ind. (10/19/14 with Cin.).
QB Jacoby Brissett had TD pass last week. Has 3 rush TDs in past 5 at home. Rushed for TD & won only career start on Thursday (9/22/16 with NE).
RB Frank Gore had season-high 130 rush yards in Week 14. Has 42 100+ rush yard games in career, 2nd most among active players (Adrian Peterson, 51). Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 3 of past 5 vs. Den. Aims for 3rd meeting in row with TD. Needs 59 scrimmage yards to become 2nd player in NFL history with 12+ consecutive seasons with 1,000+ scrimmage yards (HOFer Emmitt Smith, 13).
WR T.Y. Hilton has 365 rec. yards (121.7 per game) & TD in past 3 on Thursday. Since 2013, ranks 4th in NFL with 5,811 rec. yards. Has 11 25+ yard catches in 2017, 5th most in AFC. TE Jack Doyle had TD in Week 14. Had rec. TD in last home meeting. Ranks 2nd among NFL TEs with 64 catches. Since 2016, is 1 of 6 NFL TEs with 120+ catches (123). WR Donte Moncrief had TD in last game on Thursday.
LB Jon Bostic leads team with 92 tackles. Has 7+ tackles in 4 of past 5 at home. DT Johnathan Hankins had career-high 8 tackles last week. LB Jabaal Sheard had sack in last game vs. Den. (12/18/16 with NE). CB Rashaan Melvin has 8 PD & 3 INTs in past 6 at home. S Matthias Farley had INT in Week 14. Is 1 of 4 NFL safeties with 75+ tackles (76) & 2+ INTs (2). CB Darius Butler aims for 3rd meeting in row with INT.