With the Denver Broncos signing wide receiver Wes Welker heading into the 2013 NFL season, there were a lot of people, football fans and fantasy football players alike, wondering how Peyton Manning would spread the ball around to all of the weapons that he has on the feel. As Denver sits at 6-0 with the best passing offense in the league, it’s now clear we should have never questioned their offense at all.
Through six weeks, Welker, Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas are almost dead-even in terms of both targets and receptions. Welker has 37 catches on 50 targets, Decker has 34 catches on 51 targets and Thomas has 37 catches on 49 targets. That’s about as balanced as you can get with three upper-echelon receivers in this league.
Arguably the most impressive thing about how Manning has spread the ball around to those three receivers this season, though, is the fact that he’s been able to do so while also keeping emerging star tight end Julius Thomas heavily involved in the offense as well. Thomas has 31 catches on 43 targets this season.
It’s no secret that Manning and the Broncos passing attack is absolutely lethal and it has yet to be stifled this season. Sure, it seems easy to spread the ball around when you throw the ball 240 times per game for 2,179 yards and 22 touchdowns, but the way that Manning has kept opposing defense off-guard by continually spreading the ball around is one of this offense’s biggest strengths.
Though Sunday’s weeks seven matchup between the Broncos and Indianapolis Colts is going to be a high-profile matchup between two of the AFC’s best, I don’t expect Manning to stray away from the success he’s been having this season. With all of the weapons surrounding him and how he’s able to keep them all involved, it’s hard to imagine anyone stopping this passing attack.