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QB Peyton Manning - Denver Broncos

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 5): The Broncos continue to settle into their groove as a strong defense and balanced offense based team. Different players are picking them up each week, and they no longer rely on Peyton Manning to keep them in and win games. His weekly scoring range is going to be lower than years past, however this week at Oakland should still be a very good game to play him, and his schedule is getting better going forward.

Week 5: at Oakland Raiders

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Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 vs BAL 77 24 40 175 0 1 1 -1 0 0 7.65
2 at KC 73 26 45 256 3 1 0 0 0 0 23.8
3 at DET 65 31 42 324 2 1 1 -1 0 0 23.1
4 vs MIN 57 17 27 213 1 2 2 -2 0 0 12.45
5 at OAK PROJ-Tremblay * 24 39 * * * 1 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 4 vs MIN (17 / 27 / 213 / 1 / 2 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)

At this point, Peyton Manning's struggles have been well documented. Four games into the 2015 season, he shows little sign of regaining the dominant, unstoppable form he showed as recently as midseason of last year. Instead, he seems determined to leverage his experience to drag a few more passable performances out of his failing body. Against the Vikings, Peyton spent much of the day alternating between throws that it looked like he wouldn't be able to make, but did, and throws it looked like he would be able to make, but didn't. Included in that total was his first interception, an ill-advised throw he tried to rifle past linebacker Anthony Barr, but which he hasn't had the arm strength to make in years. Manning continues to face pressure at a shocking rate, given his history, as his patchwork line is clearly overmatched and he's no longer able to cover for it like he once could. Still, as he has in recent weeks, Manning managed to get into a flow in the latter half, negate much of the pass rush, and move the ball. It hasn't been as much as we've typically seen from him, but paired with Denver's dominant defense this year, it has been enough.

2015 Week 3 vs DET (31 / 42 / 324 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

Peyton Manning was hardly in vintage form, but after two poor outings to start the year, his "pretty decent" showing against the Detroit Lions was a welcome sight. His mechanics still seem labored as he is forced to use his entire body to generate power on his deep throws, and the result is spotty accuracy beyond fifteen yards. While he had previously been consistently overthrowing his targets, against Detroit he had a few notable underthrows where the ball hung up in the air a little bit. Despite the ugliness of Manning's performance, it was still his most consistently effective outing of the season. Manning's one interception came on a pass that was tipped at the line of scrimmage, and for the most part he made fewer risky or questionable decisions. He also seemed to be a bit more aggressive attacking the intermediate-to-deep areas, including a crucial touchdown on 4th-and-1 to end the first half; Demaryius Thomas ran a deep "go" route, Manning heaved the ball up for grabs, and Thomas was able to outmuscle the much smaller defender for the underthrown pass, avoid the tackle, and walk into the end zone for a touchdown.

2015 Week 2 vs KC (26 / 45 / 256 / 3 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Peyton Manning looked better mechanically to begin the game against Kansas City, but early results were a continuation of last week's poor showing against Baltimore. Manning finally threw a beautiful deep pass, only to have it knocked out of his receiver's hands. Against a blitz, Manning threw to Demaryius Thomas on a hot route, but Thomas was slow looking back for the football, the throw was off-target and behind him, and the result for the second consecutive week was an interception returned for a touchdown. Shortly afterwards, Denver switched to a more shotgun-heavy offense to help get Manning comfortable. It paid immediate dividends in the form of dramatically reduced pressure, but Manning was still spotty with his delivery. He comically overthrew an easy dump-off and was almost intercepted, and had a few other near-picks that were dropped by the defense. He had flashes of quality play, leading the announcers to praise him at one point for throwing three consecutive accurate passes-- something that would have been taken as a given from a younger Peyton Manning. Despite the uneven performance, Manning came alive when it mattered most, throwing several do-or-die intermediate passes in traffic to move Denver down the field for the game tying score. For two minutes, he managed to roll back the clock. Questions of whether this was a fleeting reminder of what was or a herald of things yet to come would-- perhaps mercifully-- be left for another day, as Denver's suffocating defense scored the winning points before Peyton could again be asked to place the team's fate on his aging shoulders.

2015 Week 1 vs BAL (24 / 40 / 175 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

Preseason struggles have historically been very common for Peyton Manning offenses, so when Denver's players discussed how their offense would come together, they merited the benefit of the doubt. After an anemic first game, the benefit must be wearing thin. Manning was able to generate power on his throws, but he did it with labored body mechanics that threw off his accuracy and left him consistently overthrowing his intended target on passes of more than 10 yards. Additionally, Manning showed little functional mobility, frequently giving up and going to the turf at the first sign of pressure and struggling to set his feet in time after the rollouts that are such a signature of new coach Gary Kubiak's offense. One such throw was a softball over the middle that hung up in the air until it was tipped by a defensive back, intercepted, and returned for a touchdown.


Latest News

Broncos | Peyton Manning has subpar game (Sun Oct 4, 10:10 PM) - Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning completed 17 of his 27 pass attempts for 213 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in the Week 4 game against the Minnesota Vikings.

Our View: Manning's floor is lower than ever, and his ceiling isn't that high. It's still a good scoring profile going into Oakland to face their toothless pass defense next week.
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Broncos | Peyton Manning should play in Week 4 (Fri Oct 2, 06:10 PM) - Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning (non-injury) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 2, and is listed as probable for the Week 4 game against the Minnesota Vikings.

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Broncos | Peyton Manning back on the field (Thu Oct 1, 06:58 PM) - Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning (non-injury) fully participated in practice Thursday, Oct. 1.

Our View: He's taking Wednesday off this year, people. Manning may not like it, but it's a way to help him stay fresh for gameday.

Broncos | Peyton Manning doesn't practice (Wed Sep 30, 07:18 PM) - Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning (non-injury) did not practice Wednesday, Sept. 30.

Our View: No big deal. Manning is expected to rest on Wednesdays this season.

Broncos | Peyton Manning shines in pistol offense (Mon Sep 28, 06:00 AM) - Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning worked mainly out of a pistol formation in a 24-12 win over the Detroit Lions in Week 3, completing 31 of 42 passes for 324 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.

Our View: Manning looked like the quarterback he was at the beginning of the 2014 season. The Broncos still aren't running the ball effectively (bench them all), but Manning is coming through with his arm. As he gets more comfortable in the offense, we should continue to see good numbers for Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders and even tight end Owen Daniels is going to be more involved.
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