Defense rules again for Broncos in 34-20 win over Colts

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck walks off the field after their loss against the Denver Broncos during a NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, in Denver. The Broncos won 34-20. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

DENVER, Co. (WISH) – It felt all day like the Colts were barely hanging on against Denver, just not enough going on offense, bending but not breaking on defense. Then the dam broke with two Andrew Luck turnovers that became instant Bronco touchdowns, and the Colts fall 34-20.

“It’s tough,” said Chuck Pagano. “To have so many missed opportunities against a great team hurts. I know we’re 0-2 again, but we’ll continue to grind.”

Luck was under pressure all day, Von Miller breaking through with three sacks, one causing a fumble and resulting touchdown.

“We have to be better,” said Luck. “They’re a great team, but we were there, tied in the 3rd quarter and down three in the 4th, really tough to see it end that way.”

Robert Turbin and Frank Gore each scored second half touchdowns, but the defense couldn’t get off the field on critical third downs.

“We have to improve there,” said safety Mike Adams. “We were close, but couldn’t get it done. That and some sloppy tackling must improve, and I think we can do it.”

If they can’t turn it around against San Diego next Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium, this could become a very long season.

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