In his first game against the Indianapolis Colts, his old club, YouWager’s NFL football wagering fans Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos fall to the Colts, 39-33. The same night that Andrew Luck, Manning’s replacement, passed for the 3 touchdowns and made one more, running, Manning passes turned into 4 turnovers, and he lost for the first time in the 2013 NFL football wagering season.
Manning told a YouWager news source, “This is a game we need to learn from. We, I guess, had four turnovers and still somehow had a chance to win that game. I would have liked to have seen it go to a two-point game down there toward the end and see what would have happened, but it never quite got to that point. We certainly have to improve from this game because we weren’t as sharp execution-wise as we’d like to be.”
Now, sportsbook bettors know that Manning and company can be taken down. Just like any other team, they have their weaknesses, and now, Denver’s mighty winning streak has been broken. In the end, it wasn’t really a shootout between the two quarterbacks, Manning and Andrew Luck, it was an effective defense that sank that stopped the Broncos, sharp online bettors say.
The Broncos, playing without their regular starting left tackle and center, tried to make some adjustments to the offensive line, and it didn’t work. Manning was sacked 4 times. He lost a fumble and threw an interception. Before the game, Manning and the Broncos seemed unstoppable. Now, at 6-1 for the season, the Kansas City Chiefs are the only NFL team that’s still undefeated.
In week 5 of the 2013 NFL betting season, against the Seattle Seahawks, Indianapolis outside linebacker Robert Mathis scored the 100th sack of his career. When asked about what Mathis did to the Broncos, Manning admitted to YouWager’s source, “That’s a big play any time you give them a safety or give them the ball again. Robert’s a great player, no doubt, but that was one of a number of plays that we gave them points and it was ultimately too much to overcome.”
While Manning didn’t have a great night, he did complete 29 of 49 passes, for 386 yards and 3 touchdowns. Andrew Luck threw for 228 yards with 3 touchdowns, but no turnovers. In spite of a so-called ‘feud’ between Colts owner Jim Irsay and Peyton Manning, Sunday’s game began with a huge tribute to Manning. As it played on the stadium’s big screen before Sunday’s contest, some sportsbook bettors thought the 37 year-old quarterback looked tired. Indianapolis clearly benefitted from a schedule that allowed them more rest.
In a way, Irsay’s remarks may have been a forecast for the game. Saying he let Peyton Manning go, in order to build a more balanced team, Irsay’s point was made on the field Sunday night. You need more that a great quarterback to win Super Bowls, Irsay suggested. In the end, he was right. The Denver Broncos needed more than Manning to beat the Indianapolis Colts, too.