Peyton Manning: Broncos QB Set for Monster Night vs. Saints

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IOctober 28, 2012

SAN DIEGO, CA - OCTOBER 15:  Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos looks to pass during the game against the San Diego Chargers  at Qualcomm Stadium on October 15, 2012 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Peyton Manning will wind up throwing for more than 400 yards by accident on Sunday night. The Denver Broncos quarterback is that hot right now and the New Orleans Saints' secondary is just that awful.

Manning has thrown for over 300 yards and two touchdowns in each of Denver's past four games, while the Saints' pass defense is surrendering 305 yards and two touchdowns through the air on average per week this season. New Orleans ranks 30th against the pass in 2012 and shows no signs of improving anytime soon.

Fantasy owners take notice, here we analyze why Peyton Manning is set for a monster night vs. the Saints in Week 8.


In the Zone

There's no better way to describe Peyton Manning's recent stretch of play than to say he's in the zone. Manning is completing 76.5 percent of his passes over the Broncos' last three games and boasts 11 touchdowns to just one interception since his Week 2 debacle in Atlanta. 

Oh, and Manning has seven touchdowns to zero interceptions in three home games this season.

On Sunday night, he'll be going up against a Saints defense that has recorded just three picks in six games and is allowing nearly nine yards per attempt.

With Manning in the zone, and wide receivers Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker and Brandon Stokley each averaging more than 11 yards per reception, 400 passing yards and a pair of touchdowns should come easy for the Broncos signal-caller.


New Orleans' Defensive Woes

Only two teams in the NFL, Washington and Tampa Bay, would provide Manning with a better shot at a career passing day than New Orleans will in Week 8. 

I can't stress enough just how vulnerable the Saints' secondary will be on the road Sunday night. They are a rattled bunch already having given up more than 1,800 passing yards in six games, but throw in the fact that they are going up against a deadly accurate veteran in Manning, and you don't have to be an expert to realize that Joe Vitt's squad has all sorts of trouble on its hands.

New Orleans gave up 420 yards passing and three touchdowns to Tampa Bay's Josh Freeman in Week 7. If that doesn't convince you that Peyton Manning is headed for a 400-plus-yard passing night in Week 8, then nothing will.


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