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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 Nov 17): Manning won't face a pass rush like the Rams again this year, and he probably won't be without Emmanuel Sanders next week. Julius Thomas is a little tougher call, but let's just say Week 11 was a week that everything went for Manning. And he was still a 20 point fantasy play. The Dolphins pass rush will provide another good test, but if the floor is 20 fantasy points, that means Manning is just as valuable as we expected him to be.

General News (Tue Nov 18): saw his NFL record streak of 15 games with at least two touchdown passes ended in Week 11 against the St. Louis Rams.

Week 12: vs Miami Dolphins

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Peyton Manning had a misfire against the Rams, throwing more interceptions (two) than TDs (one) for the first time this season, while posting 34/54 for 389 yards passing. It was also his first game this season with only one passing score - he's had at least two in all of his other games, and averages three per contest (30 TDs over 10 games played). This off game has the clear look of an aberration, folks - this is not the start of a trend. Julius Thomas exited the St. Louis game early due to a sprained ankle that looks fairly minor as of mid-week, so it looks like Thomas dodged the injury bug despite having a mere 2/3/0 receiving during the loss in St. Louis. Demaryius Thomas (10 targets for 7/103/0 receiving) and Emmanuel Sanders (eight for 5/102/1) still posted respectable games despite the struggles of Manning. Don't panic Manning owners/Denver fans - it's time to R-E-L-A-X, as Aaron Rodgers might say. The Miami pass D ranks second in the NFL averaging 208.0 net passing yards allowed per game, with 14 TDs given up vs. 10 interceptions and 30 sacks generated so far (tenth- and third-ranked, respectively). Last week, Buffalo was held without a TD in either phase of the game (Kyle Orton posted 22/39 for 183 net yards, zero TDs or interceptions, with two sacks taken for -10 yards), while Matthew Stafford and company managed 27/42 for 288 net yards, two TDs and one interception thrown, with three sacks taken for -19 yards vs. Miami two games back. Manning and company face a tougher-than-usual matchup this week, but he remains an elite fantasy option no matter who Denver faces. David Dodds projects Manning to be the third-best fantasy quarterback in the land during Week 12.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 vs SD 25 35 286 3 0 1 0 0 0
9 at NE 34 57 438 2 2 2 3 0 0
10 at OAK 31 44 340 5 2 0 0 0 0
11 at STL 34 54 389 1 2 1 -1 0 0
12 vs MIA 28 35 257 4 0 2 -2 0 0
12 vs MIA PROJ-Dodds 26 40 * * * 2 * * *
12 vs MIA PROJ-Tremblay 27 41 * * * 2 * * *
12 vs MIA PROJ-Bloom 27 44 * * * 1 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 9 vs NE (34 / 57 / 438 / 2 / 2 pass, 2 / 3 / 0 rush)

While pre-game concern centered around the inclement weather, Peyton Manning's stellar season was instead derailed by an active New England defense. Manning threw an interception after failing to account for a linebacker in coverage, and would have had a second interception in the first half had Wes Welker not made a terrific play to knock down a badly-thrown ball. Unfortunately, Welker would later offset that great play by tipping a well-thrown pass to a waiting Patriot defender for Manning's second interception of the day. Beyond the turnovers, an ineffective running game often led to long-yardage situations and stalled drives. The first five third downs Manning and the Broncos faced were 3rd-and-12, 3rd-and-11, 3rd-and-10, 3rd-and-20, and 3rd-and-10. Manning managed to convert one on a defensive pass interference penalty, but typically had too little time to throw as the Broncos were forced to punt the ball away. Manning and the Broncos were eventually able to move the ball, and outside of the first quarter the wind and cold seemed to be a non-factor as Manning was confidently throwing deep down the sidelines or across the middle of the field, but a slow start largely meant a day spent playing catch-up and padding statistics once the game was already out of hand.

2014 Week 10 vs OAK (31 / 44 / 340 / 5 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Against the rival Oakland Raiders, Peyton Manning and the Broncos got off to a terrible offensive start. On his second pass attempt, Manning overthrew Emmanuel Sanders over the middle of the field, resulting in an interception. On Denver's second drive, the offense stalled out after reaching first-and-goal from the four and failing to score on three straight pass plays. On Denver's third drive, Manning and the Broncos again reached the red zone before stalling out and settling for a field goal. On his very next attempt, Manning threw a screen that was tipped and intercepted by defensive end Justin Tuck. It was one of several Manning passes that was tipped at the line of scrimmage through the first half, as Oakland's defensive line did a great job at denying him throwing lanes. After his second interception, Manning and the Broncos offense was forced to punt twice more as Oakland claimed a 10-6 lead. Fortunately for the Broncos, a turnover and a big return gave Manning stellar starting field position on his next two drives, and the entire offense came to life. Peyton Manning threw touchdown passes on each of Denver's next five drives as the Broncos turned a tight 4-point deficit into a massive 31-point lead in just 17 minutes of game time. Manning's first touchdown pass was the result of a tremendous individual effort by running back C.J. Anderson on a screen pass, but his second was a beautiful deep lob to Emmanuel Sanders over the top of a defender just before halftime. Manning threw two short passes that tight end Julius Thomas was able to run into the end zone, and finished with another nice throw between two defenders to Emmanuel Sanders for his fifth passing touchdown of the day. In all, despite a very slow start, Peyton dissected yet another overmatched defense.

2014 Week 11 vs STL (34 / 54 / 389 / 1 / 2 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

With 389 passing yards and 7.2 yards per attempt, Peyton Manning's raw statistics certainly did not look bad against the St. Louis Rams. He threw two interceptions, but both were on great defensive plays when Denver was in desperation mode during the fourth quarter. Still, despite his decent-seeming statistics, Manning played a very poor game against St. Louis, as he was unable to string together any of his intermittent success into sustained production. After having just two passes batted at the line of scrimmage in the first eight games combined, Manning had four passes batted for the second consecutive week. St. Louis' pass rush wasn't dominant, but they were active enough to clearly disrupt Manning's rhythm. Manning's deep accuracy was once again poor, with several balls sailing on him. Manning spent much of the game looking as if he was on the verge of breaking out, but outside of a ruthlessly efficient touchdown drive in the second quarter that saw Manning march 80 yards in just five passes, the promised hot streak never materialized.


Latest News

Broncos | Peyton Manning's record streak ends (Sun Nov 16, 08:19 PM) - Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning saw his NFL record streak of 15 games with at least two touchdown passes ended in Week 11 against the St. Louis Rams.

Our View: The seven points were the fewest for Peyton-led team since a playoff loss to the Patriots in 2004 when the Colts had only three points. Next week brings another ferocious pass rush in the Dolphins.
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Broncos | Expect Peyton Manning to continue career (Sun Nov 16, 10:07 AM) - Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning is expected to play at least one more season, and the team is planning for Manning to continue his career. Manning could consider retirement if he wins the Super Bowl.

Our View: If you're trading for Manning, you're trading for his help in the stretch run, and next year is bonus - a bonus you will likely get. Manning is so competitive that he could easily play a lot longer than expected a la Brett Favre.
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