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QB Peyton Manning - Denver Broncos

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

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He is listed as questionable on this week's official injury report.

News you need to know

From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Dec 15): Manning battled flu symptoms and a strained quadriceps at San Diego, but after a brief time getting treatment in the locker room returned to the game and finished a key AFC West victory for Denver. Hopefully he'll be healthier for Week 16.

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 15): Now it's serious. The Broncos have become a run-heavy team and they have the defense and running game to stick with it on Monday night against the Bengals, another team that is content to go run heavy. If Peyton teams are winning titles this year, it won't be because of him.

General News (Sat Dec 20): partially participated in Saturday's practice and is questionable to play this week. Manning is on track to play in Week 16 against the Cincinnati Bengals Monday, Dec. 22. "He's improving, I thought he had good work out there (Friday)," said head coach John Fox. Manning took a similar amount of snaps Saturday, Dec. 20, as he has all season, according to Fox, before being listed as questionable for Monday night's game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

General News (Fri Dec 19): partially participated in Friday's practice.

General News (Thu Dec 18): partially participated in Thursday's practice. Manning left practice early because he is receiving a scheduled day of rest. Manning was not limping when he was walking to the locker room. He is expected to practice Friday.

General News (Tue Dec 16): battled flu-like symptoms in the game against the Chargers. He didn't quite look like himself, but still finished with over 70 percent completion rating and didn't throw any interceptions. Manning was feeling much better Monday, Dec. 15, and he's listed as day-to-day, according to head coach John Fox.

Week 16: at Cincinnati Bengals

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Denver has clinched the AFC West division, but home field advantage throughout the tournament and a bye week are still to be determined, which means there is plenty for Denver to play for during Week 16. Cincinnati, of course, is locked in a tight battle for the North crown, which is still to be decided over the final two weeks of the season. No day off for Peyton Manning this week, friends. Manning has been mediocre over the past two weeks, looking frankly awful vs. Buffalo two games back (14/20 for 173 yards passing, zero TDs and two interceptions thrown), and then so-so in San Diego last week (14/20 for 233 yards, one TD and zero interceptions thrown). His frustrated fantasy owners have watched Manning flame out just in time for the fantasy playoffs. Ouch! Last week, Demaryius Thomas got back into form (11 targets for 6/123/1 receiving at San Diego) after looking bad vs. Buffalo. Julius Thomas returned to action with two targets for 1/30/0 receiving - hopefully he'll get more work here in Week 16 now that he's getting back into 'game shape'. The Bengals' pass D feasted on a very unready Johnny Manziel last week, limiting the Browns' once-effective passing attack to 10/18 for 54 net yards passing, zero TDs and two interceptions thrown (three sacks taken for -26 yards). No money was made for fantasy owners who threw Manziel into their lineups last week! However, two weeks ago the Steelers ripped this unit apart (25/39 for 350 net yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions thrown). To date, Cincinnati is ranked 11th in the NFL averaging 233.6 net passing yards allowed per game, with 14 passing scores given out vs. 14 interceptions generated (11th in the NFL) and 18 sacks (31st in the NFL) put up. Manning is perhaps the exact opposite of Manziel, as a seasoned veteran quarterback, but he has not looked good of late, while Cincinnati has swung wildly in recent weeks - on balance this is a neutral matchup for the visiting Broncos.

Recent Stats and Projections

12 vs MIA 28 35 257 4 0 2 -2 0 0
13 at KC 17 34 179 2 0 2 -6 0 1
14 vs BUF 14 20 173 0 2 2 -2 0 0
15 at SD 14 20 233 1 0 3 -3 0 0
16 at CIN PROJ-Dodds 25 36 * * * 2 * * *
16 at CIN PROJ-Tremblay 25 39 * * * 2 * * *
16 at CIN PROJ-Bloom 18 28 * * * 1 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 13 vs KC (17 / 34 / 179 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / -6 / 0 rush)

In the first half against the Kansas City Chiefs, Peyton Manning managed to shine despite a clearly run-oriented game plan. With Denver running on every 1st and 2nd down, (and most of the 3rd-and-shorts, as well), Manning only threw the ball on 3rd and long. Unfortunately for Kansas City, he managed to convert a devastating number of those passes. Manning earned a new set of downs on 7 of his first 8 attempts on 3rd down, with most of those attempts coming with 5+ yards to go. Included in those seven completions was a 23-yard fade to Demaryius Thomas for a touchdown, a 5-yard dump-off to C.J. Anderson that he ran in for a 14-yard score, and a 15-yard completion to Emmanuel Sanders on 3rd-and-5 while Manning was flushed out of the pocket and chased by Tamba Hali. The lone miss during that stretch wasn't Manning's fault, as Demaryius misread a perfectly thrown pass and failed to secure what would have been an easy touchdown. After that scorching hot start, the winds seemed to pick up at Arrowhead, and Manning's second-half play became as cold as his first-half play was hot. Manning followed his 7-of-8 streak by missing each of his next 5 third-down attempts, many of which got hung up and wound up nowhere near the intended receiver. Manning seemed bothered both by the elements and by an effective Kansas City pass rush. Fortunately for Denver, his early performance had been strong enough to stake the Broncos to an insurmountable lead.

2014 Week 14 vs BUF (14 / 20 / 173 / 0 / 2 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)

For the first time since November 14th, 2010, Peyton Manning started a game and failed to register a touchdown pass against the Buffalo Bills. In part, this was the result of a running game that was deadly in the red zone and a game script that saw Denver race to a 3-score lead by early in the 3rd quarter; Manning's 20 pass attempts were the lowest of his Denver career by a substantial margin, and the 2nd-lowest total for any game he started and finished in his 16-year career. While the lack of attempts partly explained the results, a large part of it fell on Manning's own shoulders. He only threw six incomplete passes all game, and one of those was a throw-away to avoid a sack, but the remaining five all missed badly; two were intercepted and a third was dropped by a defender. Even Manning's completions were often off-target, and multiple times he threw a pass that hung up in the air and left Emmanuel Sanders defenseless against a charging defender. With the weather a pleasant 63 degrees and no real wind to speak of, Manning's poor accuracy was puzzling. Still, Manning made enough plays between bad throws to come away with a comfortable win, and did manage to avoid going down a single time against the league's leading pass rush.

2014 Week 15 vs SD (14 / 20 / 233 / 1 / 0 pass, 3 / -3 / 0 rush)

For the second consecutive week, Peyton Manning complete 14 of his 20 pass attempts. Despite that superficial similarity, the performances could not have been more different; a week after throwing two interceptions (and two more passes that could have been picked), Manning was much more careful with the football, finishing with his second-highest yards per attempt total of the season and avoiding turnovers. Manning's day was hardly a walk in the park, however, as his pass protection was lacking and Manning played through what were described as "flu-like symptoms". Manning had to receive IV fluids several times from Saturday night through Sunday morning, and after injuring his thigh on a rare blocking attempt at the goal line, Manning went to the locker room early before halftime to get evaluated and receive more IV fluids. Despite this, Manning was efficient and effective against the Chargers, throwing a beautiful back-shoulder touchdown to Demaryius Thomas, and nearly throwing another on a play where it looked like Demaryius gave up on his route early.


Latest News

Broncos | Peyton Manning takes normal snaps (Sat Dec 20, 02:25 PM) - Updating a previous report, Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning (thigh) took a similar amount of snaps Saturday, Dec. 20, as he has all season, according to head coach John Fox, before being listed as questionable for Monday night's game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Our View: Brock Osweiler is unlikely to play in this big game for the Broncos in Week 16. However, in Week 17 we could see Osweiler for about a half against the hapless Oakland Raiders.
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Broncos | Peyton Manning questionable (Sat Dec 20, 01:56 PM) - Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning (thigh) is officially listed as questionable for Monday night's game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Our View: Yeah, we don't see this as a problem. Manning should have a better day than he's had over the last three weeks, but that's only good for a low-end QB1 for fantasy owners in Week 16.
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Broncos | Peyton Manning still limited (Fri Dec 19, 07:38 PM) - Updating a previous report, Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning (thigh) was officially limited in practice Friday, Dec. 19, but he threw more than he did than the day prior, and he threw in individual drills. Manning is on track to play in Week 16 against the Cincinnati Bengals Monday, Dec. 22. Hes improving, I thought he had good work out there (Friday),' said head coach John Fox.

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Broncos | Peyton Manning back to full practice (Fri Dec 19, 02:15 PM) - Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning (thigh) was back to a full practice Friday, Dec. 19, after being limited Thursday, Dec. 18. Manning made several strong throws in the portion open to the media.

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Broncos | Peyton Manning's illness behind him (Thu Dec 18, 07:14 PM) - Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning (thigh, illness) said his illness is behind him, and he was receiving treatment for his thigh Thursday, Dec. 18. Head coach John Fox called Manning day-to-day.

Our View: Manning will be fine, so have him in your lineups as a Qb1.
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