Denver Broncos vs. Jacksonville Jaguars: The Four Horsemen

Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Keeping tabs on Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Wes Welker, and Julius Thomas.

vs. Jaguars

Player

T

Rec

Yards

AVG

YAC

TD

INT

Drop

D. Thomas

4

3

78

26.0

33

0

0

0

Decker

7

5

50

10.0

15

0

0

1

Welker

8

6

63

10.5

34

1

1

0

J. Thomas

7

4

22

5.5

0

1

0

0

Even across the board except for Demaryius Thomas who was only targeted four times.

On the Year

Player

T

Rec

Yards

AVG

YAC

TD

INT

Drop

Drop %

D. Thomas

47

37

528

14.3

294

4

0

2

4.3

Decker

49

34

477

14.0

183

2

1

7

14.3

Welker

50

37

378

10.2

176

8

1

4

8.0

J. Thomas

43

31

381

12.3

198

7

0

3

6.8

Everyone is within 7 targets and 6 receptions of each other. Welker and Julius Thomas continue to be the touchdown machines.

Projected

Player

T

Rec

Yards

TD

D. Thomas

125

99

1408

11

Decker

130

91

1272

5

Welker

133

99

1008

21

J. Thomas

115

83

1016

19

Every receiver has now dropped below the 100 catch projection threshold. Each is still on pace to break 1000 yards receiving. Three of the Four are on pace for double digit touchdowns. Eric Decker has suffered the most from Wes Welker and Julius Thomas use in the redzone.

Peyton Manning

Directional Passing

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Peyton has struggled with accuracy (completion percentage) when targeting that middle/right portion of the field from 10-19 yards (52.9%). He has attempted 24 passes over 20 yards or more for the season. Brees has attempted 34 passes over 20 yards, Rodgers 28, Brady 32, Stafford 21. The checkdown captain Alex Smith has attempted 11.

To Blitz or not to Blitz?

Situation

Drops

Comp

Att

%

YDS

Avg

TD

INT

Sack

QBR

None

200

150

200

75.0

1773

8.9

20

2

0

130.7

Pressured

45

28

40

70.0

406

10.2

2

0

5

119.4

No Blitz

194

141

189

74.6

1690

8.9

14

2

5

121.8

Blitz

51

37

51

72.5

489

9.6

8

0

0

142.1

Totals

245

178

240

74.2

2179

9.1

22

2

5

128.8

Peyton has yet to throw an interception when pressured or blitzed. In fact his QBR is the highest when opposing teams have blitzed him. Bring more rushers and there's a better chance several of the four horsemen have one on ones.

Noticed that Peyton has not been sacked on a blitz either. Speaks volumes to the pass protection up front and the pickups by the backs.

Blitzing is not the answer folks.

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