Last week: 5 (+0)
It’s weird to say, but Tracy Porter getting sick was the turning point for their season. Obviously, I wish the best for Porter in his recovery from him mysterious illness, but as well as Peyton Manning is playing, they wouldn’t be a complete team if it weren’t for Chris Harris and Tony Carter stepping up and playing phenomenal in their secondary and that wouldn’t have happened if Porter were playing.
They haven’t lost since Porter went out. Harris and Porter are both former undrafted cornerbacks who were afterthoughts on the depth chart that Jack Del Rio has playing out of their minds. Carter is allowing 11 of 32 for 115 yards, 2 interceptions, 4 deflections, and 1 penalty and is unfortunately not even on the Pro-Bowl ballot. Chris Harris, meanwhile, is allowing 23 of 40 for 255 yards, 1 touchdown, and 2 interceptions, while deflecting 1 pass and committing just 1 penalty. He also has 3 sacks and is playing the run very well.
They rank 6th in pass defense, 2nd in run defense and lead the league in yards per play differential. In rate of sustaining drives, they’re 9th. Peyton Manning is completing 69.7% of his passes for 8.2 YPA, 21 touchdowns, and 6 interceptions, all above his career averages. Their only issue is that they’re -4 in turnovers, but they’re improving in that area, though Willis McGahee’s fumbling problem is an issue. Only Tampa Bay and Baltimore are likely playoff teams remaining on their schedule, so they should be able to go around 12-4 and get either the 2nd or 3rd seed in the AFC depending on what happens with New England (remember, the Patriots won head-to-head, so they have the tiebreaker).
QB Peyton Manning: 27 of 38 for 301 yards and a touchdown, 4 drops, 104.4 adjusted QB rating, pressured on 6 of 40 drop backs (1 sack, 3 of 5)
RG Manuel Ramirez: Did not allow a pressure on 44 pass block snaps, run blocked for 12 yards on 3 attempts
WR Demaryius Thomas: Caught 9 passes for 135 yards on 11 attempts on 41 pass snaps, 4.1 YAC per catch, 1 drop
WR Trindon Holliday: Caught 2 passes for 17 yards on 2 attempts on 3 pass snaps, 8.5 YAC per catch, 8 punt returns for 125 yards and a touchdown
CB Tony Carter: Allowed 2 catches for 30 yards on 6 attempts, 1 interception, 2 solo tackles, 1 stop
ROLB Von Miller: 1 sack, 1 quarterback hit, and 5 quarterback hurries on 36 pass rush snaps, 4 solo tackles, 4 stops, 1 penalty
RE Robert Ayers: 1 sack, 3 quarterback hits, and 2 quarterback hurries on 34 pass rush snaps, 1 penalty, 2 solo tackles, 3 stops
CB Champ Bailey: Allowed 1 catch for 19 yards on 3 attempts, 1 penalty, 3 solo tackles, 1 assist, 1 stop, 1 missed tackle
P Britton Colquitt: 6 punts for 288 yards, 3 inside 20, 3 returns for 10 yards, 46.3 net yards per punt
RB Willis McGahee: Rushed for 56 yards (24 after contact) on 14 attempts, 2 fumbles, 1 penalty, caught 4 passes for 33 yards on 6 attempts, 1 drop
WR Eric Decker: Caught 2 passes for 15 yards on 4 attempts on 42 pass snaps, 1.0 YAC per catch, 2 drops
LOLB Wesley Woodyard: 2 solo tackles, 2 assists, allowed 4 catches for 55 yards and a touchdown on 4 attempts