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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 9: at New England Patriots

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Peyton Manning: 10 TDs, zero interceptions, and 69/94 for 841 yards passing over the past three games (73.4% completion percentage during that time span). Any of his given receivers can go off for a giant game in any given week this season. It was Emmanuel Sanders turn last week vs. San Diego (nine targets for 9/120/3 receiving). It was Demaryius Thomas' turn vs. San Francisco two games back (nine targets for 8/171/2). Julius Thomas had multiple TDs vs. the Jets three weeks back (five for 4/51/2), while Demaryius Thomas threw down for 10/124/1 receiving out of 12 targets. Perhaps Wes Welker will be the apple of Manning's eye at New England? "It could be his [Welker's] day next Sunday against New England," Manning said after San Diego was blown out last week. Bottom line here is that Manning has to be in your starting lineup if you managed to land him for your fantasy team. The Patriots' pass D allowed 21/35 for 231 net yards, three TDs (and two two-point conversion passes) and one interception to Jay Cutler and Jimmy Clausen last week (with three sacks for -18 yards), and coughed up 20/34 for 205 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions thrown (with three sacks for -21 yards) to now-benched Geno Smith two games back. To date they are second in the NFL averaging 210.9 net passing yards allowed per game, with a hefty 14 passing scores allowed over eight games, vs. eight interceptions (tied for seventh in the NFL) and 21 sacks (tied for ninth) generated so far. However, Denver has allowed just eight sacks this season (tied for second-best in the NFL), and gave up zero to San Diego last week after allowing two sacks to San Francisco and the New York Jets during the previous two games. This is a tougher-than-usual matchup for Manning and company, but he's so automatic that you have to keep him in the saddle for this showdown against his rival for MVP most years (Tom Brady).

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 25 35 286 3 0 1 0 0 0
9 at NE PROJ-Dodds 26 36 * * * 2 * * *
9 at NE PROJ-Tremblay 25 38 * * * 2 * * *
9 at NE PROJ-Bloom 25 34 * * * 1 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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.

2014 Week 8 vs SD (25 / 35 / 286 / 3 / 0 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)

Peyton Manning continued his precision dissection of opposing defenses against the injured Chargers. San Diego entered the game against Denver with Brandon Flowers, one of its starting cornerbacks, out with a concussion. Jason Verrett, San Diego's second cornerback, entered nursing a shoulder injury that was exacerbated early. Facing a team missing its top two pass defenders, Peyton Manning went to work, finishing 17/21 for 225 yards and 3 TDs to his outside receivers. Manning was mostly able to move Denver down the field at will with a series of short and intermediate passes, only testing his deep arm once on a beautiful 31-yard touchdown pass that was lofted just over the top of the coverage. After a slow start to the game, Manning led the team to touchdowns on each of its first three drives after halftime to put the game out of reach, and then ran out the clock on San Diego's comeback hopes. His lone blemish on the day was an interception in the end zone where he just misjudged All-Pro safety Eric Weddle's range. He attempted to throw a pass over the top of Weddle to Wes Welker in the back of the end zone, but Weddle quickly identified and made a fantastic leaping grab. Fortunately for Denver, the interception was called back on a questionable defensive holding penalty away from the play. Manning was also briefly perturbed late in the game as Denver was trying to gain a few first downs to ice the game, when fans in the stands were cheering loudly. Showing off his legendary attention to detail, he offered a few words of advice after the game to Denver's scoreboard operator about the proper and improper times to rile up the crowd.


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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