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Tony Dungy says Peyton Manning will return in 2015, if healthy


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/7/2015) Peyton Manning's former coach, Tony Dungy, is among those who say the veteran 38-year-old will return to the Broncos for another season, according to the Associated Press.

"I was with him last week and he didn't give me any indication one way or another, but he certainly didn't say anything to me that led me to believe he wouldn't be playing," Dungy said.

Manning has been contemplating his future since Denver's season ended in the divisional round of the playoffs against his and Dungy's former team, the Colts.

"I've never seen him miss balls by as much as he missed them in that final game," Dungy said. "Usually, he misses a pass and it's inches off or a foot off, not a couple of yards off. So, I have to believe there was something physical in that last game and probably coming down the stretch, too.

"And when I look at those first eight or 10 games of the season, you didn't see that. You saw nice balls and on-target throws and that's just why I'm guessing and just looking from afar, I haven't talked to him about it, but my guess from watching him all these years, I think it was something physical."

Manning reportedly met with new Broncos coach Gary Kubiak to discuss how he'll fit in with the new offense.

"My gut feeling is that he'll be back unless he really has a health-related problem," Dungy said. "He enjoys the team. He enjoys his teammates. I think he really wants to come back and play well and not let that be the last game of his career."

Last season, he passed Brett Favre to become the NFL's all-time passing-touchdown leader with 530 career scores. He threw for 4,727 yards and 39 touchdowns in 2014, and is due to make $19 million guaranteed if he is still on the team March 9, which suggests a decision will come at some point before that date.


Broncos dispute that Peyton Manning played through torn quad


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(1/12/2015) The Broncos are disputing an ESPN report that quarterback Peyton Manning played with a torn right quad for the final month of the season.

Two sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that Manning tore his quad late in the first half of a Dec. 14 win against the Chargers and that an MRI confirmed the tear.

But the Broncos say Manning "played with a strain, not a full tear," according to the Denver Post. Coach John Fox and general manager John Elway will address the issue at a news conference this week.

Over the team's last four regular-season games and Sunday's playoff loss to the Colts, Manning accounted for four touchdowns and eight turnovers.

Manning was non-committal on playing in 2015 when asked about his future Sunday night.

"I can't answer every what-if circumstance," he told 850 KOA. "What if you're not as healthy? What if certain coaches leave? I can't answer every what-if situation. I think I'll have to take some time to see how I feel, see how I feel physically."

The team listed Manning with a thigh injury late in the season, but it was not described as a tear until Monday's report.


Peyton Manning not ready to commit to 2015 season


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(1/11/2015) After suffering his 13th playoff loss, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning wasn't ready to commit to returning in 2015 for his 17th season.

"My mindset right now is just disappointment after today's game. I kind of need to process this game, and we'll meet tomorrow," Manning told reporters after Denver lost 24-13 at home to the Colts.

"I can't give that simple answer," he said when pressed further.

Before the playoffs, the 38-year-old indicated he'd return.

But in a postgame interview with 850 KOA, Manning said a lot of factors are in play.

"I can't answer every what-if circumstance," he said. "What if you're not as healthy? What if certain coaches leave? I can't answer every what-if situation. I think I'll have to take some time to see how I feel, see how I feel physically."

Manning averaged 4.6 yards per attempt against Indy as he was unable to connect deep with Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas. Manning completed 26 of 46 passes for 211 yards and a touchdown and lost a fumble.

Manning has two years left on his contract. He has a non-guaranteed salary of $19 million for next season.


Broncos' Peyton Manning doesn't throw a touchdown Week 17


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/28/2014) Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning did not throw a touchdown Week 17 against the Raiders.

Manning completed 21 of 37 passes for 273 yards. He did not throw any touchdowns or interceptions during the contest. Manning did turn the ball over once, losing a fumble in the first quarter. Manning seemed to struggle a bit early, but settled in as the game went on. He came into the contest with a thigh injury, and the team may have been more willing to run the ball in order to keep Manning healthy. 

The Broncos have a bye next week. 


Does Peyton Manning have a road problem?


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/23/2014) That Peyton Manning hasn't quite been the same player this season as a year ago isn't something you need to here from us. Manning lapped the field in 2013, posting 89 more Fantasy points than the second-best quarterback; this year, he has fallen to third place, and is on pace to finish more than 100 points behind his total from a year ago.

Manning has still be mostly terrific on the Broncos' home field, averaging 28.1 Fantasy points per game in seven home contests, but has completely fallen apart of late away from Sports Authority Field. After Monday's four-interception, 16-Fantasy-point effort, Manning is averaging just 16.3 Fantasy points in his last four road games, compared to 28.8 in his first four of the season.

Manning was actually slightly better on the road in 2013, where he finished with 266 Fantasy points to 250 on the road. However, there was a 62-point gap in favor of his home numbers in 2012, so there is a pattern forming here. It has become more exaggerated in the second half of this season, but Manning's history in Denver suggests there is something to do the idea that he's a bit worse on the road, overall.

Manning was bound to regress from his unbelievable production a year ago, and injuries to his receiving corps certainly haven't helped. However, he's looked positively mortal for most of the second half of this season, and at 39 at the start of next season, you have to wonder whether he should be viewed as an unquestioned top-three Fantasy quarterback at this point. 


Peyton Manning leaves practice to get treatment on thigh


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(12/18/2014) Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning stretched with the team Thursday, then left practice to get treatment on his injured thigh, reports the Denver Post. Manning had to leave the Week 15 win at San Diego due to the thigh injury but returned quickly and finished the game.

The paper said Manning went in for "normal treatment" and did not suffer a setback. "No reason for concern yet," the paper said, adding Manning is expected to practice Friday. ESPN.com called Manning's absence a "planned rest day."

Manning gets an extra day to prepare for Week 16 as Denver visits Cincinnati on Monday night. He has one touchdown pass over his past two games.

The Broncos are laying 3 or 3.5 points at Vegas sportsbooks.


Peyton Manning still too good to sit


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/8/2014) While one week was an aberration, just his second game with less than 200 passing yards in three seasons with the Broncos, two in a row is a trend and legitimate reason for concern over Peyton Manning in Fantasy, especially since he was even less productive in that second game than the first, his streak of 51 straight games with a touchdown pass coming to an end.

Since their embarrassing loss Week 11 at St. Louis, the Broncos have endeavored to become more of a running team, and it's having an impact on Manning's numbers. Of course, their last two opponents have made it easy for them. The Bills scored a couple touchdowns late to make the final score close, but Week 14 was basically a runaway. The Dolphins, who the Broncos faced in Week 12, immediately after their loss to the Rams, put up more of a fight, and lo and behold, Manning had four touchdown passes in that game.

It's possible the Broncos run over every team from here and out, allowing them to keep Manning in their back pocket -- and I'd certainly expect that from them Week 17 against Oakland -- but it's more likely they'll face stiff competition from the Chargers and Bengals the next two weeks, two teams with legitimate playoff aspirations, and have to pass more than they have the last two weeks, especially now that breakout running back C.J. Anderson is contending with an ankle injury.

And with the weapons Manning has at his disposal, he doesn't need to throw 50 times to put up big numbers.


Peyton Manning's 51-game touchdown streak ends Week 14


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(12/7/2014) Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning saw his 51-game streak with a touchdown pass end in Sunday's 24-17 win over Buffalo. Manning completed 14 of 20 passes for 173 yards, all season lows.

He threw two interceptions for the fifth time this season and posted a 56.9 passer rating, his lowest in six years.

The Broncos are emphasizing the run lately, and Manning's numbers are suffering. But his team is 10-3, a half-game ahead of New England for the AFC's top seed.

Manning visit the Chargers in Week 15.


Peyton Manning a victim of the game plan


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/1/2014) Going against a defense that ranks first against the pass and 30th against the run and having recently gotten to know the talents of C.J. Anderson, the Broncos took the path of least resistance Week 13 at Kansas City, putting the ball in Anderson's hands rather than quarterback Peyton Manning's en route to a 29-16 victory.

Manning still had two touchdown passes (including one to Anderson) but only 179 yards, his second-fewest since joining the Broncos in 2012 and just his fourth game with fewer than 200 passing yards since the start of 2010.

Anderson, meanwhile, ran for 168 yards on 32 carries, giving him two straight games with at least 160 rushing yards. The Broncos never relied so heavily on the running game when Montee Ball or Ronnie Hillman was leading it, but considering the result, you can't really blame them for doing so in this one.

The Broncos host the Bills in Week 14, who rank fifth against the pass but only seventh against the run, so presumably, they'll revert to a more balanced approach in that one. Because Manning is the type of player who transcends matchups anyway, you shouldn't pay a second thought to sitting him in Fantasy.


Broncos QB Manning has rare dud in St. Louis


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/16/2014) Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has enjoyed many memorable games in his brilliant career, but his performance Sunday in St. Louis wasn't one of them.

It's not often a quarterback leads his team to just seven points and still throws for 389 yards, but Manning did just that in Week 11. He completed 34 of 54 passes and just one touchdown - a 42-yard strike to a wide-open Emmanuel Sanders late in the second quarter. The Broncos were shut out in the second half for the first time since 2009.

Manning, who did exceed 3,000 yards on the year for the 16th time, also threw two interceptions and was uncharacteristically inaccurate on several throws. He will try to regroup next Sunday when the team returns home to face Miami.


Broncos QB Peyton Manning fires five TD passes vs. Oakland


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/9/2014) Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning put together another vintage performance, firing five touchdown passes in three quarters of work Sunday afternoon against the Raiders in Week 10.

Manning hooked up with C.J. Anderson for a 51-yard score and Emmanuel Sanders for a 32-yard strike in the second quarter. He fired three touchdowns in the third quarter before his day was over, including two to Julius Thomas (10, 32 yards). Manning found Sanders for a 15-yard score with 1:01 remaining in the third quarter to give his team a 31-point advantage. With the game well in hand, the Broncos kept Manning on the bench in favor of Brock Osweiler.

Manning compiled 340 yards through the air while completing 31 of 44 pass attempts. He added five touchdowns and two interceptions, registering a 111.9 passer rating in a 41-17 victory. He has passed for 2,912 yards with 29 touchdowns and seven interceptions this season.

The Broncos will face the Rams in St. Louis Week 11.


Broncos QB Peyton Manning tosses two touchdowns Week 9


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/2/2014) Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning tossed two touchdowns Week 9 against the Patriots.

Manning completed 34 of 57 passes for 438 yards and two touchdowns. It wasn't all perfect, as Manning also threw two interceptions. He also gained 3 rushing yards. Manning had some trouble early, struggling during the first quarter. On the first drive of the second quarter, Manning threw his first interception. Manning was able to turn things around in the second half, tossing both of his touchdowns. It was too little too late, as the Broncos never really threatened New England late.

Manning will look for more Week 10 against the Raiders.


Broncos QB Peyton Manning registers 90th career three-TD game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/23/2014) Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning registered another three-touchdown performance for the 90th time in his career, leading his team to a 35-21 victory over the Chargers in Week 8.

All of Manning's touchdown passes went to Emmanuel Sanders. He found Sanders for a 2-yard strike in the second quarter, followed by a 31-yard strike with 39 seconds remaining in the first half. On the opening drive of the third quarter, Manning hooked up with Sanders for a 2-yard touchdown strike.

He compiled for 286 yards through the air while completing 25 of 35 pass attempts. He added three touchdowns and no interceptions, registering a 124.2 passer rating. Manning has 10 touchdown passes and no interceptions over his last three games. He's cracked the 300-yard mark just once in those three games.

He'll look to keep rolling Week 9 at New England.


No risk with Peyton Manning Thursday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/22/2014) It goes without saying, to be certain, but we'll say it anyways: start Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning in Week 7 against the Chargers.

Thursday night games have a tendency to suppress offense, but that simply has not been the case for Manning in his career. If you'll believe it, Manning has actually somehow been more effective in Thursday games, averaging 300.5 passing yards with 35 touchdowns in 11 games. That comes out to a Fantasy scoring average of 30.2 points per game, including 82 combined points in two games a year ago.

This is a lot of words to tell you something you didn't need to be told. Manning is rolling, and nothing is going to slow him down; not rain, not sleet, not snow, and certainly not a short week. Keep him in your lineup in all leagues for Thursday's matchup. 


Matchup means nothing for Peyton Manning


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/20/2014) It's not like any Fantasy owners were debating whether or not to start Peyton Manning in Week 7, but a few probably had at least some minor concerns about the way he'd perform against a 49ers defense that entered the day ranked second against the pass.

And he reminded them few why he's the last thing they should worry about.

You don't set the career record for passing touchdowns by shrinking against the tougher opponents. It's not like this 49ers defense is something historically good. This Broncos offense, and certainly Manning himself, is. He hasn't gone without a touchdown pass in a game since 2010, and he's had less than two only once in the last two seasons. Maybe the four touchdown passes he had Sunday would have been too much to ask of him, but given how consistently he's done it over his career, two should be the minimum expectation for him every week, regardless of his opponent. And you'd never sit an assured two touchdowns.

Of course, this advice is probably less useful in traditional Fantasy Football leagues (since again, no one was actually sitting Manning) than weekly contests like FanDuel and the like. Manning will always cost you a pretty penny, but you won't find a safer bet either. He may have unfavorable matchups against the third-ranked Chargers pass defense in Week 8 and the first-ranked Patriots pass defense in Week 9, but don't let that scare you away from him.


Broncos QB Peyton Manning has touchdown trifecta in win


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/12/2014) Broncos explosive quarterback Peyton Manning didn't enjoy one of his typical big-yard blowouts Sunday against the host Jets, but he was plenty efficient in yet another victory.

Manning completed 22 of 33 passes for 237 yards and three touchdowns to the Thomases - two to Julius and one to Demaryius. He began his afternoon with a 54-yard pass-and-catch to the latter and threw two scoring strikes in the second quarter to give his team control. He added a 4-yard touchdown to Julius Thomas midway through the third quarter before his team staved off a comeback.

The veteran threw just 13 passes in the second half for 64 yards as the Broncos stayed mostly on the ground.

Manning and the Broncos will host San Francisco next Sunday.


Peyton Manning distances himself from the pack


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/6/2014) Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning did more than just set a career high when he threw for 479 yards and four touchdowns Week 5 against Arizona. He also confirmed that he's far and away the best quarterback in Fantasy.

It wasn't so clear coming into the season. He was drafted first at the position, yes, but not so far ahead of Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers. But with Brees stuck on two touchdown passes every week, and Rodgers (along with others like Matt Ryan and Andrew Luck) plagued by inconsistency, Manning has only widened the gap at the top.

Coming into the season, there was some debate about whether or not he really deserved a first-round pick, but as the clear standout at the highest-scoring position in Fantasy, he's pretty much ended that debate. Be thankful for what you have in him.


Broncos' Peyton Manning hits new career-high


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/5/2014) Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning reached a new career-high Week 5.

Manning threw for 479 yards against Arizona, which is a career-best for him. He acheived that by completing 31 of 47 passes. He also added four touchdowns for good measure. Manning's first touchdown of the game was the 500th of his career, so it was an impressive day all-around for the superstar. 

Manning did throw two interceptions during the contest. He also had two rushing attempts, but didn't gain any yards. Much of Manning's success can be attributed to Demaryius Thomas, who had 226 receiving yards on the day.

Manning will look for more Week 6 against the Jets.


Peyton Manning cracks 300-yard mark in overtime loss to Seattle


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning surpassed the 300-yard mark in a Week 3 overtime loss to the Seahawks in Seattle.

Manning scored on a 3-yard shovel pass to Julius Thomas in the third quarter but was intercepted late in the fourth quarter by Kam Chancellor. He bounced back and orchestrated a six-play, 80-yard drive capped off by a 26-yard strike in the end zone to Jacob Tamme with 41 seconds remaining to send the game to overtime.

Manning compiled 303 yards through the air while completing 31 of 49 passes. He added two touchdowns and one interception, registering a 85.7 passer rating. He was sacked once in a 26-20 defeat.

Manning has 814 passing yards, with eight touchdowns and one interception through three weeks. The Broncos will have a bye before hosting the Cardinals in Week 5.


Peyton Manning is absolutely awesome in season openers


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(9/1/2014) Peyton Manning is money in season openers. In his last three, two with the Broncos and one with the Colts, Manning completed 69 percent of his throws for 1,148 yards (383 per game) and 12 touchdowns with no interceptions.

Manning became the sixth quarterback in NFL history -- first since 1969 -- to throw seven touchdowns in a game when Denver walloped Baltimore 49-27 in the 2013 opener.

Not that he needs added motivation, but Manning has plenty entering Sunday night's home game against Indy. His first matchup with his former team, Week 7 last year, didn't go well. The Colts handed the Broncos their first loss, 39-33, as Manning lost a fumble, threw an interception, fluttered his passes and took four sacks.

Linebacker Robert Mathis keyed the rush with two sacks and four hits on Manning. He'll be watching Sunday, serving the first of his four-game suspension.

Indianapolis ranked 15th in Fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks last year (18.44). Even though Manning had an off game at Indy, he still threw for 386 yards and three touchdowns and put up 31 Fantasy points.

With Wes Welker (concussion) on track to get cleared, Manning should have all his weapons Sunday. He's the No. 1 QB play on the board.


Peyton Manning throws for 243 yards in first half


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(8/24/2014) Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning tuned up for the regular season by shredding the Texans for 243 passing yards and two touchdowns in the first half Saturday. Manning hit 21 of 27 throws but was picked off for the first time this preseason.

Manning's favorite target was Emmanuel Sanders. The duo hooked up five times for 128 yards and both scores. Manning, who's completed 79.6 percent of his throws in three preseason games, likely won't play again until the Sept. 7 regular-season opener against the Colts.

Peyton Manning carves up 49ers


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(8/17/2014) Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning led two scoring drives against the 49ers before leaving in the second quarter. Manning completed 12 of 14 passes for 102 yards, including an easy 17-yard touchdown to tight end Julius Thomas.

Manning, who completed his last seven throws, targeted seven different receivers. His favorite target was Demaryius Thomas; the duo connected five times for 37 yards.

Denver's first drive ended in a field goal after Manning barely missed Andre Caldwell in the end zone on third down.


Peyton Manning looks sharp in preseason opener


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning had a pretty productive preseason debut on Thursday against the Seahawks.

Manning played two series, highlighted by a 14-play, 61-yard drive which led to a touchdown in his final drive of the night. He completed 10 of 13 passes for 78 yards. Five of his 10 completed passes went to Demaryius Thomas.

The Broncos will play the 49ers in San Francisco on Aug. 17, their second preseason game.

Peyton Manning: I'm not 100 percent yet


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(5/6/2014) Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, who threw an NFL-record 55 touchdowns last season, said on the "Late Show with David Letterman" that he's not back to where he was before his 2011 neck surgery, reports NFL.com.

"I'm not 100 percent compared to what I was before my surgery, but I have made strides each season and this year felt a lot better than the year before," he said. "But these nerves just go at their own pace. It's not like it's going to have this immediate recovery one day."

Manning said his accuracy did not return immediately following the surgery.

"It was weak and I lost awareness of my arm in space, a proprioception issue," he said. "So I just use to sit in front of a mirror and go through my throwing motions, trying to get the feel back the way I always thrown before. I was trying to throw to some receivers, so I would throw to you and the ball would go (points finger) there. That was very scary."

Manning, 38, is entering his 17th season.

Peyton Manning cleared for 2014 season


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(3/3/2014) Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has been fully cleared following his physical, and he's officially ready for the 2014 season, reports the Denver Post. There is no issue with his surgically-repaired neck, the report said.

The clearance means Manning is guaranteed $20 million this year. Manning, who turns 38 this month, enters the season 17 touchdown passes shy of Brett Favre's career record of 508.