Peyton Manning Set to Shred Buccaneers' NFL-Worst Secondary to Bits in Week 13

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IDecember 2, 2012

KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 25:  Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos passes during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on November 25, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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No defense in the NFL has surrendered more passing yards in 2012 than the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and that bodes extremely well for Peyton Manning owners in Week 13.

Manning and the surging Denver Broncos will host Tampa on Sunday, and fantasy owners can expect another 300-plus-yard effort from No. 18 when he takes the field this weekend. After all, it's been three weeks since Manning surpassed the 300-yard mark in a game. He's due.

How can I be so sure?

Well, the Bucs are giving up 316 passing yards per week and a league-worst 8.4 yards per pass attempt this season. When you factor in Manning's incredible production (296 passing yards per game) in 2012, a 300-yard day is inevitable.

The only good news for Tampa's defense this weekend is that 11 other NFL teams have given more passing touchdowns through 12 weeks. The Bucs have allowed 18 touchdowns through the air in 11 games, but they've yet to play Peyton Manning, who is averaging 2.4 touchdowns per game.

The worst pass defense Manning has played against this season so far was New Orleans in Week 8. In that matchup, Manning completed 22-of-30 passes for 305 yards and three touchdowns.

Considering the Bucs are even worse, I'm projecting Manning to throw for three scores again at home. Manning's thrown for three touchdowns in five of Denver's 11 games this season, and three of his five three-touchdown performances have come at home.

All signs point to a monster fantasy day from Peyton Manning this Sunday afternoon. But none more so than the Bucs' wretched secondary, which is giving up nearly 327 passing yards away from home in 2012. Back in Week 2, Tampa surrendered 510 passing yards to Eli Manning and the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. And in Week 9 at Oakland, the Bucs allowed over 400 yards and four touchdowns through the air to the Raiders.

Peyton Manning will shred the Bucs secondary to bits this weekend, the only thing in question is how many yards and touchdowns he'll throw for.

Week 13 Projection: 27-for-35, 350 yards, 3 touchdowns


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