People here, as well as many sports pundits, have tried to make a case that our "young and inexperienced" secondary got taken to school by Manning last week.
Why don't we look at the actual numbers.
Last year Manning made 571 attempts OR 35.68 attempts per game.
He completed 393 which is roughly 69% of those passes.
He averaged 7.9 yards per attempt or 281.25 Yards PER game.
Last Sunday he attempted 57 passes.
He completed 40 OR……wait for it…..70% of those passes.
He averaged 7.6 yards per attempt
If you reduce the pass attempts to his normal 35-36 attempts per game and give him 25 completions OR 71% completion rate, he would have passed for 270-280 yards per game OR his exact average from last year. In fact,, his yards per attemot were slightly LESS than his average.
That means that if Peyton Manning throws 57 times against ANY NFL secondary, his numbers should be exactly the same. He threw that many times because they were being curbstomped on the scoreboard and playing from more than 1 score behind.
Additionally, we played a nickel practically the whole game and GAVE him the short pass in order to keep it in front of us.
Given those numbers and factors, the secondary actually did a GREAT job against the BEST quarterback in the NFL. In fact, ON AVERAGE, they played as well as any secondary Peyton faced last year.
Can they improve? You bet. But I would argue aginst them having been a weakness on Sunday. Far from it.
The only difference in the game statistically is the NUMBER of times he threw the ball. He did NOT get better results per attempt nor did he complete more than his average.