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QB Peyton Manning - Denver Broncos

6-5, 230Born: 3-24-1976College: TennesseeDrafted: Round 1, pick 1

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General News (Tue Oct 21): threw his third touchdown of the first half of Week 7 against the San Francisco 49ers to Demaryius Thomas in the second quarter. It was the 509th touchdown pass of Manning's career, as he moved into the top spot in NFL history for career touchdown passes. Manning added another touchdown later in the game.

Week 8: vs San Diego Chargers

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. This is a crucial AFC West showdown between two of the hottest offenses in the NFL - it should be an exciting, fast-paced game under the Thursday Night lights in Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium tomorrow. An aside - according to Demaryius Thomas, Peyton Manning himself planned the 'keep away' prank after Manning broke the NFL career-TD mark with 509 TDs during the destruction of San Francisco last week. In true Manning fashion, he reportedly had his receivers practice it during the week, too. Manning plans all aspects of his offensive performance each week, friends. He is a model of preparation and hard work. The Broncos have benefited from Manning's hard work this year, currently sitting at 5-1 after destroying the 49ers 42-17 last week. Manning threw 22/26 for 318 yards passing, four TDs and zero interceptions before taking the fourth quarter off and letting Brock Osweiler get some regular-season snaps under his belt (Osweiler mostly handed the ball off, with just one passing attempt for zero yards). Demaryius Thomas continued on his insane tear through the league with nine targets for 8/171/2 receiving, catching TD 509 from Manning, while Emmanuel Sanders (three for 3/41/1) and Wes Welker (three for 3/50/1) both also found pay dirt. Only favorite tight end Julius Thomas (six targets for 4/27/0) missed out on the TD catch party last weekend. It's all good for the Broncos' passing attack, friends. The Chargers' pass D is ranked third in the NFL allowing an average of 209.6 net yards per game, with 11 passing scores given up vs. four interceptions (tied-18th in the NFL) and 15 sacks (tied for 16th in the NFL) generated to date. The Chargers coughed up a modest 19/28 for 211 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions to Alex Smith last week (three sacks taken for -11 yards), but were bombed for four TDs by Derek Carr two weeks ago (18/34 for 282 net yards, with one interception thrown and zero sacks taken). It's fair to say this secondary has been up and down over the recent past. Denver has home field advantage, but San Diego isn't a pushover in this phase of the game - we see this as a neutral matchup with neither side holding a huge edge, but Peyton Manning is so hot right now you shouldn't let a neutral matchup scare you off of him as your starting quarterback.

Recent Stats and Projections

5 vs ARI 31 47 479 4 2 2 -2 0 0
6 at NYJ 22 33 237 3 0 1 0 0 0
7 vs SF 22 26 318 4 0 1 -1 0 0
8 vs SD PROJ-Dodds 26 37 * * * 2 * * *
8 vs SD PROJ-Tremblay 24 37 * * * 2 * * *
8 vs SD PROJ-Bloom 24 34 * * * 1 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 5 vs ARI (31 / 47 / 479 / 4 / 2 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)

Entering the game against Arizona, Peyton Manning was one shy of 500 touchdown passes for his career. Peyton got touchdown #500, and added touchdown #501, #502, and #503 while also throwing for a career-best 479 yards for good measure. With the running game getting nothing against a tough Arizona defense, Peyton carried the offense on his back for most of the game, hitting his receivers in stride with several beautiful deep passes after struggling a bit earlier in the season. Peyton Manning also threw a pair of interceptions. On the first, he misread an intermediate throw, didn't lead Wes Welker by enough, and saw the defender undercut the ball for an easy pick. On the second interception, Peyton attempted to toss a routine screen behind an onrushing Calais Campbell, but the Cardinals' star diagnosed the play perfectly and made a fantastic individual effort to come up with the ball. Even with the miscues, Peyton had a dominant game that could have been even better still; a 77-yard touchdown to Demaryius Thomas was called back due to an illegal block. Even without that long touchdown, Manning and the offense punched the ball into the end zone several times against a tough defense, and after an injury to Campbell the offense broke the game open with 17 points on their final three drives of the game.

2014 Week 6 vs NYJ (22 / 33 / 237 / 3 / 0 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)

Despite yet another 3-touchdown game inching him ever closer to Brett Favre's career record, Peyton Manning had a rather forgettable afternoon against the New York Jets. His offensive line struggled mightily against a strong New York pass rush, and Manning endured a rare two-sack day. Both times, the lineman was beaten so quickly that Peyton Manning got to the end of his drop and was forced to immediately drop to the turf and accept the loss. On several other occasions, such as his 1-yard touchdown to Demaryius Thomas, Manning had to scramble around in a messy pocket and make a play. Far from blameless himself, Manning's passes fluttered and hung up in the air more than usual, though they still often arrived at their destination. After beating the Jets deep on the first play of the game for a 54-yard gain, Manning called a more cautious game featuring few deep passes. Perhaps it seems odd to suggest that Manning had a day that featured 3 touchdowns and a passer rating over 100 qualified as mediocre, but Manning has certainly had crisper and more efficient outings during his Denver tenure.

2014 Week 7 vs SF (22 / 26 / 318 / 4 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

With his 509th and 510th career scores, Peyton Manning became the NFL's all-time leader in passing touchdowns. On a night devoted to his career excellence, however, Peyton Manning reminded everyone about his current brilliance, playing by far the best game of his season and one of the best of his entire career. Facing a depleted LB corps, 19 of Manning's 28 passes came within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage as he consistently and methodically picked apart a San Francisco defense that had been having a great season. In addition to his preternatural touch and decision-making, Manning's deep ball was devastating against San Francisco, earning 99 yards and two touchdowns on just four passes 20 yards downfield, including a beautiful 40-yard touchdown to Demaryius Thomas that put the 49ers away for good. When the dust had settled, Peyton Manning had thrown as many touchdowns as incompletions (four apiece), with two of those incompletions being drops by the receiver. Peyton Manning made it abundantly clear to all watching that, while he may now own the record, he was not yet done adding to it.


Latest News

Broncos | Blowout ends Peyton's night early (Sun Oct 19, 10:40 PM) - Updating a previous report, Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning left the Week 7 game against the San Francisco early in the fourth quarter due to the lopsided score. He led Denver to a 42-10 lead early in the fourth quarter before giving way to QB Brock Osweiler. Manning finished the game 22 of 28 for 318 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions.

Our View: Osweiler's appearance is the ultimate rich man/poor man for the Broncos. It's either great (blowout win) or terrible (Manning hurt) when we see the third-year quarterback in the game. Osweiler is only under contract through 2015, while Manning is under contract through 2016. There's a chance we never see Osweiler play meaningful snaps for the Broncos if Manning continues to play at a high level.

Broncos | Peyton Manning sets NFL record (Sun Oct 19, 09:26 PM) - Updating a previous report, Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning threw his third touchdown of the first half of Week 7 against the San Francisco 49ers to WR Demaryius Thomas in the second quarter. It was the 509th touchdown pass of Manning's career, as he moved into the top spot in NFL history for career touchdown passes.

Our View: Manning is in the greatest ever discussion, and he continues to win fans with his dominant fantasy production.
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Broncos | Peyton Manning ties NFL record (Sun Oct 19, 07:36 PM) - Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning has had two offensive drives in Week 7 against the San Francisco 49ers so far, and both have resulted in touchdown passes. He ties former Green Bay Packers QB Brett Favre for the most touchdown passes in NFL history with 508.

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