Performance Report - Week 5
In this weekly column we’ll take a look at the top performer at each position. The goal isn’t to just analyze the players individually but to identify variables that make up these top performances so we can more accurately project them in the future.
Quarterback – Peyton Manning DEN
His Line: 31-47 479 yards 4 TDs, aDOT= 10.3, PFF Grade= -0.7
Soak it in my fellow football enthusiasts. Each week we’re watching greatness at the quarterback position. This week it was all Peyton Manning carving up an aggressive Arizona defense as he broke the 500 mark for career touchdowns.
The most remarkable aspect of Manning’s ability to post gaudy fantasy football numbers at his age is the lack of arm strength. While most would agree that accuracy is the most important measurable trait at quarterback, arm strength is still right near the top of the list and a necessity to succeed in the NFL. But there’s nothing normal about Peyton Manning.
Arizona tried to play Manning the way the Seahawks do. Press man with combo coverages. Test the arm. Test the ability to hit the big one down the sideline. Test the precision timing that Manning needs at this stage of his career. It’s a risky gameplan and the reason Denver’s signal caller had such a big day.
Notice the double digit aDOT ranking Manning 9th for the week. That’s a pretty big number for a quarterback with 47 attempts. The Broncos offense was also on the field for over 80 snaps as the Cardinals had trouble sustaining drives with their backup quarterbacks. The perfect storm for a big day by a great quarterback.