The 4-9 Denver Broncos will travel to Indianapolis to take on the 3-10 Colts in this week’s Thursday night matchup. Each team have lost 4 of their last 5 games but had very different weeks. Indianapolis suffered their fourth loss in a row with a 13-7 overtime loss to the Buffalo Bills. The game was played in near blizzard like conditions, and there were only 18 total complete passes combined. The Broncos ended a 4 game losing streak with a dominating 23-0 home victory over the New York Jets. The losing streak was the franchises longest since joining the National Football League in 1970.

Denver’s defense led the way for the Broncos to earn their first shut out win in over 12 years. The Jets were limited to just 100 yards of offense with 59 on the ground and 41 in the air. They also sacked Josh McCown 4 times, forced 2 turnovers, and had 7 tackles for losses. For the year, the Broncos defense has allowed their opponents to score 24.2 points and gain 292 yards per game. Offensively, Trevor Siemien had a nice game finishing with a passer rating of 90.8. He completed 19 of 31 passes for 200 yards, 1 touchdown and 0 interceptions. His favorite target was Demariyus Thomas who had 8 catches for 93 yards and a touchdown. No other Denver receiver had more than 3 catches. They struggled running the ball gaining just 84 yards on 35 carries, which is an average of 2.4 yards per rush.

Indianapolis’s offense struggled last week in the snow despite 163 rushing yards. Jacoby Brisset completed just 11 of 22 passes for 69 yards, 1 touchdown and 0 interceptions. His longest completion went just 11 yards. His favorite target Marlon Mack and T.Y. Hilton led the team with 2 receptions but combined for just 41 yards. Frank Gore had a monster game running the ball with 130 yards on 36 carries. On the season, the Colts have averaged 16 points and 314 yards per game. Defensively, they just couldn’t stop Lesean McCoy and the Bills run game. McCoy had 156 of the Bills 227 rushing yards including a touchdown. They didn’t have any sacks but were able to force 2 turnovers by recovering a fumble and intercepting Nathan Peterman. The Colts defense ranks 31st in the league allowing their opponents to score 26.4 points per game.

Indianapolis will have home field advantage and are 2.5-point underdogs in this game. They have gone 6-7 against the spread this season including 4-2 at home. The Broncos have gone 3-9-1 against the spread including 0-6 on the road. T.Y. Hilton has struggled over the last 4 games with just 109 yards and 1 touchdown. Denver hasn’t won in Indianapolis since 2003 and neither team has anything to play for as they have both been eliminated from the playoffs. Indianapolis’s offense ranks 30th in the league with just 16.3 points per game and the Broncos are coming off a shut out.

Best USA Online Sportsbooks