Should Denver Bronco Fans Be Concerned About Peyton Manning's Performance?

August 18 2012; Denver, CO, USA;Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) in the second quarter of a preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks at Sports Authority Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

The NFL is a 365 days a year league. There are always stories developing every day.

When one ends, another one begins.

Peyton Manning is one of the greatest quarterbacks the NFL has ever seen.

Manning coming to the Mile High city brings many expectations. With high expectations can often come high disappointment. Many have criticized Manning's performance's thus far with a few different worries. Arm strength and interceptions being among the most vocal.

Is Manning no longer the Peyton of old? Some have said Peyton always struggles in the preseason. Is this true?

I decided to try and discover exactly how Peyton Maning performed in the preseason in every game since 2003.

2003

COM

ATT

Yards

TD

INT

WEEK 1

4

7

36

0

0

WEEK 2

10

15

88

2

0

WEEK 3

2

3

8

0

0

WEEK 4

15

22

157

2

0

TOTAL

31

47

289

4

0

2004

COM

ATT

Yards

TD

INT

WEEK 1

3

4

18

0

0

WEEK 2

6

10

85

1

1

WEEK 3

11

20

148

0

2

WEEK 4

3

4

56

1

0

TOTAL

23

38

307

2

3

2005

COM

ATT

Yards

TD

INT

WEEK 1

0

1

0

0

0

WEEK 2

8

13

80

1

0

WEEK 3

18

25

206

2

0

WEEK 4

did

not

play

TOTAL

26

39

286

3

0

2006

COM

ATT

Yards

TD

INT

WEEK 1

3

5

50

1

0

WEEK 2

6

9

140

1

0

WEEK 3

14

25

165

1

0

WEEK 4

did

not

play

TOTAL

23

39

355

3

0






2003

COM

ATT

Yards

TD

INT

WEEK 1

4

7

36

0

0

WEEK 2

10

15

88

2

0

WEEK 3

2

3

8

0

0

WEEK 4

15

22

157

2

0

TOTAL

31

47

289

4

0

2004

COM

ATT

Yards

TD

INT

WEEK 1

3

4

18

0

0

WEEK 2

6

10

85

1

1

WEEK 3

11

20

148

0

2

WEEK 4

3

4

56

1

0

TOTAL

23

38

307

2

3

2005

COM

ATT

Yards

TD

INT

WEEK 1

0

1

0

0

0

WEEK 2

8

13

80

1

0

WEEK 3

18

25

206

2

0

WEEK 4

did

not

play

TOTAL

26

39

286

3

0

2006

COM

ATT

Yards

TD

INT

WEEK 1

3

5

50

1

0

WEEK 2

6

9

140

1

0

WEEK 3

14

25

165

1

0

WEEK 4

did

not

play

TOTAL

23

39

355

3

0

2007

COM

ATT

Yards

TD

INT

WEEK 1

3

5

37

0

0

WEEK 2

5

8

61

0

0

WEEK 3

23

27

233

3

0

WEEK 4

did

not

play

TOTAL

31

40

331

3

0




2008

COM

ATT

Yards

TD

INT

WEEK 1

Peyton

Games

WEEK 2

Did

Play

WEEK 3

Not

WEEK 4

Did

Play

TOTAL

Peyton

Games




2009

COM

ATT

Yards

TD

INT

WEEK 1

1

2

6

0

0

WEEK 2

10

14

167

2

0

WEEK 3

12

15

123

1

0

WEEK 4

did

not

play

TOTAL

23

31

296

3

0



2010

COM

ATT

Yards

TD

INT

WEEK 1

8

10

91

0

0

WEEK 2

8

15

91

1

1

WEEK 3

15

26

214

2

1

WEEK 4

did

not

play

TOTAL

31

51

396

3

2

As you can see, Peyton has had some very solid pre-season performances. In fact, he has had a lot of success. You can take stats however you like them. Stats only ever tell half the story anyways. But Manning has had some pretty good pre-season games. His current pre-season reflects the one he had in his most recent season in 2010.

Here is a look at his year by year totals:


COM

ATT

YARDS

TDS

INT

2003

31

47

289

4

0

2004

23

38

307

2

3

2005

26

39

286

3

0

2006

23

39

355

3

0

2007

31

40

331

3

0

2008

did

not

play

at

all

2009

23

31

296

3

0

2010

31

51

396

3

2

TOTAL

188

285

2260

21

5


Take all this information as you will, but hopefully now people can truly compare his current pre-season to previous ones.

Here is a look at his current one:


2012

COM

ATT

YARDS

TDS

INT

WEEK 1

4

7

44

0

1

WEEK 2

16

23

177

0

2

WEEK 3

?

?

?

?

?

WEEK 4

?

?

?

?

?


Clearly his earlier years were better for him in the preseason. An optomist would look at these and say he is just shaking off the rust and he will be fine but plenty of people have been worried. Looking at these numbers, are you worried about Peyton "Freaking" Manning?

COLBY'S OPINION

The way I see it is that Manning is getting a feeling for his new offense. Remember in Kyle Orton's second year he had an incredible season? Remember how that year we went on to have the worst year in Bronco history? It is hard to judge a QB but pre-season play. Clearly Manning has work to do but he will admit that himself. It is a whole new environment for Manning and he had not played since January of 2011 in a playoff loss to the Jets. I think Peyton will be fine. Will he be 4 time MVP Peyton? Probably not. But he will be a damn good quarterback and with the Broncos defense steadily improving, I wouldn't bet against the Broncos chances of being a contender. If Tim Tebow was as bad as everyone seemed to say he was, then the sky is the limit with PFM.

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