INDIANAPOLIS (AP/WDTN) — Denver and Indianapolis find themselves in the same place with three games left.
Both teams have been eliminated from the playoffs, both coaches face questions about their futures and players from both teams are fighting to keep jobs.
No, it’s not how the Broncos or Colts envisioned this season playing out.
But neither intends to use their plight as an excuse to look beyond this season. Instead, they intend to finish strong when the stretch run begins Thursday night.
“You approach it to win a game. It’s what we do, it’s what our jobs are,” Colts left tackle Anthony Castonzo said.
“There’s really no need for any extra motivation. We’re here to win games every week.”
It’s a strange spot for a couple of teams that were playoff regulars and Super Bowl contenders not so long ago.
The obstacles they’ve faced have been daunting.
Indy (3-10) will miss the postseason for the third straight season largely because injuries have forced Andrew Luck to miss 23 of the past 42 games including every game this season and it took time for a rebuilt defense to get in sync.
Denver’s offense has struggled as it continues searching for a long-term successor to Peyton Manning, and the Broncos’ special teams units have been equally bad.
But Thursday’s game gives each team one more chance to show everyone they can start turning things around.
Inside Edition will move from its normal time and will instead air at 3:05 a.m. Friday morning.
Kickoff between the Broncos and Colts is set for 8:25 p.m. Thursday night.