If you’re reading this, congratulations, you officially scored more fantasy points this week than Peyton Manning! Your zero points beats the -2.60 fantasy points (in standard scoring) Manning posted against the Kansas City Chiefs. Throwing for 35 yards and four interceptions, it was undoubtedly the worst game of Manning’s historic career.
Despite the horrific showing, Manning officially passed Brett Favre for most passing yards in NFL history. Needing just three yards to own the record, Manning completed a four-yard pass to Ronnie Hillman on the Broncos’ second drive. Unfortunately for No. 18, he would only throw for 31 more yards for the rest of the game.
Manning’s struggles this season have been no secret, but this game was a new low. On 20 attempts, Peyton completed a total of five passes to his own team. It was so bad that fans were actually relieved when Brock Osweiler was brought into the game.
However, it still isn’t time to panic in Denver.
Despite getting thrashed by a sub-par Kansas City Chiefs offense, the Broncos’ defense is still the best in the league. This poor performance was certainly an outlier, and the unit should return to its dominant form immediately.
As bad as Peyton played, much of it can be attributed to his health. Manning was questionable heading into the AFC West showdown due to rib and foot injuries. Clearly unfit to play in this game, Manning reportedly aggravated his foot injury, and now has a partially torn plantar fascia in his left foot. Manning’s health will obviously be Denver’s biggest concern going forward, but Super Bowl aspirations seem to be very far-fetched.
The only way Peyton Manning wins a Lombardi Trophy in what will likely be his final season is if demands a trade to New England and serves as Tom Brady’s backup.
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