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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 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 (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

Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

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 | Broncos balancing offense (Tue Dec 16, 05:20 PM) - Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning (illness, thigh) was 17-for-20 passing for the second straight week in Week 15 against the San Diego Chargers, but this time he threw for 233 yards and a touchdown in the win. The Broncos have tried to balance out their offense in the last three weeks as Manning has completed 17, 14 and 14 passes respectively in those games. He was also ill against the Chargers, but Denver is adjusting to defenses as they try to take the middle of the field away from No. 18. Manning's 28 completions in Weeks 14 and 15 are his lowest total in consecutive games since 2005, and his 45 completions in the last three games are the lowest three-game stretch of his career.

Our View: There was a larger day in place for Peyton Manning, but his flu-like symptoms altered the game plan. Manning was throwing up into a towel during timeouts, and he required treatment at halftime to even play. The Broncos are more of a run-heavy team now, but there will be matchups where Manning looks a bit like his old self.
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Broncos | Peyton Manning day-to-day (Mon Dec 15, 05:14 PM) - Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning (illness, thigh) was feeling much better Monday, Dec. 15, and he's listed as day-to-day, according to head coach John Fox.

Our View: Manning 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.
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Broncos | Peyton Manning fine for Week 16 (Mon Dec 15, 10:00 AM) - Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning (thigh, illness) is not expected to be in danger of missing Week 16. The thigh injury is believed to be related to his illness, and the team isn't concerned.

Our View: Manning suffered from flu-like symptoms on Saturday night, but he played Sunday and was decent. This isn't the same Broncos offense as before, and fantasy owners who relied on Manning to get to the championship game should look for better options in Week 16. Denver is going to be run-heavy the rest of the way this season.
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Titans | Peyton Manning a future owner? (Mon Dec 15, 03:29 AM) - Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning has been floated as part of a future ownership group in the Tennessee Titans. The team is currently owned by Tommie Smith, son-in-law of the late Bud Adams, but Smith's family is reportedly not interested in long-term control. Manning would have to retire before joining ownership or front office ranks, and no movement on his future on the field has been reported.

Our View: Manning can do whatever he wants after his playing days are over. He'll likely be involved in some ownership group after he retires.
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Broncos | Peyton Manning starts second half (Sun Dec 14, 05:52 PM) - Updating a previous report, Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning (thigh) started the second half of the Week 15 game against the San Diego Chargers.

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