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QB Peyton Manning - Denver Broncos

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

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News you need to know

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 15): Manning has been about as disappointing as a QB who has thrown six touchdowns through two games can be. The Broncos have taken their foot off of the gas in the second half of their first two wins, Next week at Seattle, you still have to start Peyton despite seeing how the Seahawks treated him in the Super Bowl (and Aaron Rodgers in Week 1), but it could present a terrific buy low window if Manning doesn't solve them this time around.

Week 3: at Seattle Seahawks

Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 vs IND 22 36 269 3 0 4 -3 0 0
2 vs KC 21 26 242 3 0 1 -1 0 0
3 at SEA PROJ-Dodds 24 37 * * * 2 * * *
3 at SEA PROJ-Tremblay 24 39 * * * 2 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 1 vs IND (22 / 36 / 269 / 3 / 0 pass, 4 / -3 / 0 rush)

Against his former team, Peyton Manning did a lot of little things right for the Denver Broncos. He used his pre-snap recognition to anticipate and frustrate the Colts' pass rush. Despite facing pressure at times and even unblocked rushers on multiple occasions, Manning was sacked just one time, and even recognized an overload blitz well enough to scramble for an 11-yard gain on 3rd-and-10, (though the play was called back due to penalty). As he often does, Peyton also used a quick-snap to catch the defense in an illegal substitution. While not playing perfectly, Peyton had the offense humming early, with 24 points in their first four drives. His deep accuracy was a little bit off all game, though it didn't cost his offense until the second half when a few ill-timed drops and broken up passes left Denver behind schedule on offense. In all, Peyton had a solid day against a defense that was active and aggressive, especially in the front seven, and did more than enough to help Denver walk away with an opening-game win.

2014 Week 2 vs KC (21 / 26 / 242 / 3 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

Peyton Manning's statistics for the first and second halves tell the story of a passer who was on fire early and cooled off late. Manning entered halftime having completed 15 of 19 attempts for 191 yards and 3 touchdowns. In the second half, he completed just 5 of 6 for 51 yards and no touchdowns. In truth, the entire discrepancy between the two halves is explained by Kansas City's offense- engineering several long drives in the second half, Kansas City gave Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos just two possessions after halftime, compared to the five possessions they had in the first half. Instead, Manning's day was consistently efficient, taking smart risks with the football. After successfully challenging the Chiefs' defense deep on the first play of the game, Manning spent the rest of the afternoon alternating between intermediate throws and short dump-offs designed to let his talented receivers get yards after the catch. Manning showed a willingness to take chances with the ball in tight coverage, but consistently threw the ball away from the defenders when doing so and did not give them an opportunity to make a play on it. His worst play of the day was a risky overthrow at the line of scrimmage to Julius Thomas on 3rd-and-3 that was unlikely to convert anyway, as there were two defenders between him and the first down. Manning's touchdown to Jacob Tamme came off of a well-executed offensive pick play and a blown coverage assignment by Kansas City's defense. Manning's two other touchdowns fit perfectly within the day's theme of smart throws into tight coverage, as both were well-executed fade passes to the left side of the field.


Latest News

Broncos | Peyton Manning tops old team (Sun Sep 7, 11:50 PM) - Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning completed 22 of his 36 pass attempts for 269 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in the Week 1 game against the Indianapolis Colts.

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