Without running back Jonathan Taylor, the Indianapolis Colts head into Mile High Stadium to take on another team that’ll be without their starting running back—the Denver Broncos.
That’s right. The Broncos lost second-year running back Javonte Williams for the season in Week 4 and now turn to a committee of Melvin Gordon, Mike Boone, and the recently-signed Latavius Murray.
At home, the Broncos will have the upper hand for one main reason: Their defense against a Taylor-less Colts offense.
The Colts have looked dreadful on offense to start the season, even with Taylor. Without him, the Broncos can funnel all their defensive efforts toward wide receiver Michael Pittman.
Defensively, the Colts have been competent but have some holes, especially at corner, which could open up some of the passing game for the Broncos.
It will be challenging for the Colts to score points on the road. The Broncos offense struggles, too, but their defense should put them in enough good positions to put some points on the board. Expect a low-scoring affair in Denver.
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Without Taylor in the lineup, the offense will have to look to Pittman more than ever. Sure, you could argue that the Broncos defense will know this and be ready for him, but eventually, something has to click.
The other receivers on the Colts aren’t exactly world-beaters and they, too, have rougher matchups.
Pittman should see plenty of Ronald Darby, who’s been solid this year. He’s given up eight catches on 17 targets for under 100 yards.
However, Pittman is seeing plenty of targets. He saw six last week, which was his season low. In his previous two games, he saw an average of 11 per game.
He has just one touchdown on the year. That does have a lot to do with the ineffectiveness of quarterback Matt Ryan but also due to the desire to get Taylor going.
Without Taylor, Ryan will throw a bit more, and Pittman will be the beneficiary.
We mentioned this would be a low-scoring affair, and for the sake of this Same Game Parlay and the odds, we’ll add this to the ticket.
Both teams are without their starting running back and were already atrocious offenses before that.
Add in that both defenses—especially the Broncos—have been more than formidable in coverage, and there doesn’t appear to be many avenues for either team to move the ball.
The Broncos have been somewhat susceptible to the run, but without Taylor, the Colts will turn to Nyheim Hines and Phillip Lindsay.
Maybe Lindsay has the revenge game of his life and scores three times—incredibly unlikely, but we’ve seen crazier things.
This game likely finishes with both teams in the teens.
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