ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- It’s always worth the time to grind the video, whether it be from a game or to get ready for the draft, but every team has a cross-checker or two to get another set of eyes on things and we have the awesome folks at ESPN Stats & Information.
And when they broke down the Broncos’ win over the Eagles, they came away with some intriguing bits.
Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is averaging 12.5 yards per completion, his highest average since 2004. However, Manning’s average pass has traveled 7.9 yards downfield, his lowest since 2006 (the first year of Stats and Information’s data set). Denver’s wide receivers are giving Manning 6.1 yards after catch per completion, more than a yard better than any season for Manning since 2006.
Manning was off-target on just two throws in Sunday’s game, bringing his season total to 14 through four games -- I have him at 16 in my own charts for "in-frame'' throws, but may be too harsh there, so will go back and re-evaluate. But either way he’s been ridiculously accurate. As Stats & Information points out, since the start of the 2008 season, there have been 36 games when a quarterback missed on at least 14 throws.
Changing pressures didn’t affect Manning. Manning completed all six of his pass attempts for 59 yards and two touchdowns against added pressure, while the Eagles’ standard rush “held” Manning to 22-of-28 for 268 yards and two touchdowns.
Wes Welker, Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas each had at least five catches for 76 yards, making Denver the only team to have multiple games this season with three receivers reaching the five-catch and 75-yard marks.