Peyton Manning’s 5 Worst Three-Game Stretches Since 2006

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After a slow start against the Miami Dolphins in Week 12, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning regained his MVP-caliber form and led the Broncos to a 39-36 win. Against the Dolphins, Manning completed 80% of his passes for 257 yards, four touchdowns and a quarterback rating of 135.4, while looking like a vastly different – and better – quarterback than he had in the Broncos’ previous three games. Here is a breakdown of Manning’s performances in Weeks 9-11, one of the worst three-game stretches in the future Hall of Famer’s career.

Week 9: @ New England Patriots

  • 43-21 loss
  • 59.6% completion percentage
  • 438 yards
  • 2 touchdown passes
  • 2 interceptions
  • 80.9 quarterback rating
  • 54.3 QBR

Week 10: @ Oakland Raiders

  • 41-17 win
  • 70.5% completion percentage
  • 340 yards
  • 5 touchdown passes
  • 2 interceptions
  • 111.9 quarterback rating
  • 62.5 QBR

Week 11: @ St. Louis Rams

  • 22-7 loss
  • 63% completion percentage
  • 389 yards
  • 1 touchdown pass
  • 2 interceptions
  • 75.3 quarterback rating
  • 32.9 QBR

Manning’s combined Total QBR for these three games was 48.9. ESPN recently compiled the data on the worst three-game stretches – based on Total QBR – for Manning since 2006. Where does his 2014 slump rank on the list? Here is a look at Manning’s worst three-game stretches since 2006.

All statistics courtesy of Pro-Football-Reference.

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5.  Weeks 1-3 in 2008 – Indianapolis Colts

Manning’s Total QBR was 51.3, and the Colts went 1-2 during this stretch. After the rough patch, Manning led the Colts to an 11-2 record over the next 13 weeks.

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4.  Weeks 10-12 in 2007 – Indianapolis Colts 

Manning’s Total QBR was 50.8, yet the Colts still went 3-0 over that stretch. He actually played well in two of the three games, but a terrible game against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 10 dropped his three-game QBR substantially.

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3.  Weeks 8-10 in 2007 – Indianapolis Colts

Manning’s Total QBR was 50.0 and the Colts’ record was 1-2 over this three-game stretch in 2007. In Week 9 against the San Diego Chargers, Manning threw a single-game career-high six interceptions.

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2.  Weeks 9-11 in 2014 – Denver Broncos

This was by far Manning’s worst three-game stretch as a member of the Denver Broncos. His Total QBR was 48.9 and the Broncos went 1-2 over this stretch with blowout losses to both the New England Patriots and St. Louis Rams.

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1.  Weeks 9-11 in 2007 – Indianapolis Colts

There is a common theme here; Manning did not play well for a large chunk of time in 2007. In his worst three-game stretch since 2006, Manning had a Total QBR of 36.6, yet the Colts managed to go 2-1 over that time.