WR Matthew Willis - Denver Broncos
|6-0, 195||Born: 5-13-1984||College: UCLA||Drafted: ---|
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Week 13: at Kansas City Chiefs
Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Peyton Manning threw 21/26 for 242 yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions the last time he faced Kansas City (September 14), hitting Emmanuel Sanders the most (nine targets for 8/108/0 receiving). His TD passes went to Demaryius Thomas (seven for 5/62/1), Julius Thomas (five for 4/39/1), and Jacob Tamme (one for 1/4/1). The Denver D withstood a late push and won the game 24-17 with a goal-line stand against the Chiefs.
Since then, Manning has been throwing for more than 300 yards per game with regularity, having crossed that hurdle three out of the last four games - he did have a more modest total of 28/35 for 257 yards passing last week, but his fantasy owners consoled themselves with his four passing scores against the Dolphins. Manning has 12 passing scores vs. six interceptions thrown over the past four games. Last week (in Julius Thomas' absence due to a gimpy ankle) Emmanuel Sanders (13 targets for 9/125/0 receiving) and Demaryius Thomas (13 for 10/87/3) handled most of Manning's passes, while Wes Welker got a rare TD (four targets for 4/18/1 receiving). The Bronco's passing attack is stampeding into the Second Season as of Week 13.
The Chiefs' pass D has allowed 18/35 for 172 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions (with one sack for -2 yards) to Derek Carr, and 20/32 for 168 yards, two TDs and zero interceptions with two sacks for -10 yards to Russell Wilson over the past two games. Kansas City now ranks first in the NFL averaging 198.9 net passing yards allowed per game, an average helped out by the 31 sacks they've generated this year (tied for fourth in the NFL). However, Denver is first in the league with only 12 sacks allowed to date. K.C. has coughed up 17 passing TDs over 11 games played, and has just four interceptions generated (next-to-last in the NFL).
Manning and company face a tough challenge at raucous K.C., but the Chiefs' generosity with passing scores this year helps the prospects for Denver.
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