On Sunday Night Football, the rematch between Peyton Manning and Drew Brees takes place for the first time since their meeting in Super Bowl XLIV.
The two would’ve played last season, but as everyone knows, Manning was out for the year. The Saints demolished the Colts 62-7, and suffice it to say, it certainly would’ve benefited them, immensely, if he were behind center.
So after just coming off a prime time showdown with the Chargers – in which he led the largest comeback in Monday Night Football history, on the road – Manning gets his shot at redemption towards the guy who out shined him on the grandest stage in football.
Clearly, things have changed since then. Manning is a Denver Bronco, and Brees is adjusting to life without his head coach.
Neither player’s team has gotten off to the start that they were hoping for. The Broncos are coming off a bye week at 3-3, but to their defense, their schedule was pretty brutal. The Saints are 2-4, trying to crawl back in to the playoff race now that the Falcons have surged ahead in the NFC South.
Unfortunately, for New Orleans, Manning has won six straight games coming off a bye. Although, it’s not like that stat should matter because the Broncos should win anyway.
And not only will the Broncos win, but Manning should have better a fantasy performance than Brees.
This is something that may be bold to say only because the Saints don’t have much of a run game, unless Pierre Thomas is used. But again, the Saints are arguably the worst defense in the league, across the board. There isn’t a single aspect about their defense that stands out…..for the better, at least.
Bucs QB Josh Freeman just had a 420 yard, three touchdown pass performance against them last week. In fact, he tied Brees for the second best fantasy point total in week 7. The Saints are 32nd (dead-last) against opposing fantasy quarterbacks. Manning can torch any secondary, so shouldn’t he be able to do so against this one?
The chemistry between he and his wideouts are steadily improving, so why not get some great practice after the bye week? The opportunities will certainly be there.
The only aspect that could hurt Manning, however, is his slow starts to games. He cannot afford to do this against an offensive juggernaut. He must not wait till the second half to get rolling, or else the Broncos are doomed. That’s not to say he can’t comeback; it’s just can the Bronco defense stop Brees enough to give Manning an opportunity to work his magic, if need be?
Ever since his struggles on prime time television against the Falcons, the Field General has been clicking on all cylinders. He has thrown for 11 touchdowns and only one interception, leading to an average of approximately 23 fantasy points. Now granted, Brees still ups him in that category, but whenever your a quarterback – let alone an elite QB – they have to be licking their chops whenever the Saints are seen as the next opponent on the schedule.
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