INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Colts are supposed to have a lot of success this season based off their schedule -- at least on paper.
Yes, they play in the AFC South, one of the worst -- if not the worst -- divisions in the NFL. The Colts also play the NFC South, which had a team with a losing record (the Carolina Panthers) win the division last season, and the AFC East, which only had the New England Patriots make the playoffs last season.
But each season brings changes to rosters.
We’re going to take a look at the Colts’ week-by-week opponents for the 2015 season.
Today we take a look at the Colts' Week 9 opponent, the Denver Broncos:
2014 record: 12-4
First-round draft pick: DE Shane Ray
Veteran subtractions: LS Aaron Brewer, TE Jacob Tamme, TE Julius Thomas, DE Mitch Unrein, ILB Nate Irving, OG Orlando Franklin, S Quinton Carter, S Rahim Moore, DT Terrance Knighton, WR Wes Welker, C Will Montgomery, WR Kerry Taylor, DE Quanterus Smith, C Manny Ramirez, OT Paul Cornick
Area of concern for the Colts: Peyton Manning and more Peyton Manning. Manning, the former Colts quarterback, threw for for 269 yards and three touchdowns in Denver’s Week 1 victory over Indianapolis last season. The Broncos, who finished third in the league in total defense, still have linebacker Von Miller and defensive end DeMarcus Ware. Denver sacked Colts quarterback Andrew Luck three times and intercepted him four times in two meetings last season.
Area that favors the Colts: The Colts proved they could get to Manning when they sacked him twice and forced him to throw 20 incomplete passes in their divisional round playoff victory back in January in Denver. Manning also lost two of favorite receiving targets in the offseason, as Thomas signed with AFC South foe Jacksonville and Welker is a free agent. The Broncos also no longer have Moore, Knighton and Irving, who signed with the Colts.