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QB Peyton Manning - Denver Broncos

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

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Week 5: vs Arizona Cardinals

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Recent Stats and Projections

1 vs IND 22 36 269 3 0 4 -3 0 0
2 vs KC 21 26 242 3 0 1 -1 0 0
3 at SEA 31 49 303 2 1 1 -1 0 0
5 vs ARI PROJ-Dodds 26 39 * * * 1 * * *
5 vs ARI PROJ-Tremblay 26 42 * * * 2 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 2 vs KC (21 / 26 / 242 / 3 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

Peyton Manning's statistics for the first and second halves tell the story of a passer who was on fire early and cooled off late. Manning entered halftime having completed 15 of 19 attempts for 191 yards and 3 touchdowns. In the second half, he completed just 5 of 6 for 51 yards and no touchdowns. In truth, the entire discrepancy between the two halves is explained by Kansas City's offense- engineering several long drives in the second half, Kansas City gave Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos just two possessions after halftime, compared to the five possessions they had in the first half. Instead, Manning's day was consistently efficient, taking smart risks with the football. After successfully challenging the Chiefs' defense deep on the first play of the game, Manning spent the rest of the afternoon alternating between intermediate throws and short dump-offs designed to let his talented receivers get yards after the catch. Manning showed a willingness to take chances with the ball in tight coverage, but consistently threw the ball away from the defenders when doing so and did not give them an opportunity to make a play on it. His worst play of the day was a risky overthrow at the line of scrimmage to Julius Thomas on 3rd-and-3 that was unlikely to convert anyway, as there were two defenders between him and the first down. Manning's touchdown to Jacob Tamme came off of a well-executed offensive pick play and a blown coverage assignment by Kansas City's defense. Manning's two other touchdowns fit perfectly within the day's theme of smart throws into tight coverage, as both were well-executed fade passes to the left side of the field.

2014 Week 3 vs SEA (31 / 49 / 303 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

Against a swarming Seahawks defense, Peyton Manning opened with a very conservative game plan involving lots of runs and screens. On Denver's second drive, Manning even audibled to a draw play to backup tight end Virgil Green on 3rd and 9. Unfortunately for Manning, fantastic penetration by the defensive line and unbelievable closing speed by the back seven shut down that plan; Denver averaged 1.9 yards on nineteen carries and gained just two yards on six screen plays, leaving Manning and the offense behind schedule on 2nd and 3rd down. Manning's woes were compounded by a series of drops and half-hearted plays by his receivers on 3rd down that stalled out promising drives, and at one point Denver was forced to punt on eight consecutive possessions. That same swarming defense was constantly in Manning's face in the backfield, hitting him 8 times and hurrying him 10, though Manning managed to get the ball out early and was only sacked once. At times, Manning struggled to get velocity on his throws, resulting in several of passes that hung up in the air and a pair that could have possibly been intercepted. He also made a terrible decision to try to float a pass over the Safety that did result in a turnover. Despite all of the flaws on display, Manning showed phenomenal movement in the pocket and anticipation, guiding an offense with very few bright spots to 20 points against a phenomenal defense. On his final drive of the day, Peyton Manning was in Hall of Fame form, leading the Broncos 80 yards in under a minute, then throwing a perfectly-placed pass to Demaryius Thomas with Richard Sherman in tight coverage for the game-tying two-point conversion.


Latest News

Broncos | Tough matchup for Peyton Manning? (Tue Sep 30, 11:52 PM) - Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning has struggled against current Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles in the past, throwing eight touchdowns and seven interceptions in five meetings with Bowles-coached defenses.

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