Broncos’ Peyton Manning is struggling at a Tim Tebow-like rate

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Oct 13, 2015 at 12:15a ET

The last quarterback to struggle like Peyton Manning in Denver? Tim Tebow.

 The Broncos passing game back toTim Tebow-level production after three record-setting seasons.

Peyton Manning — the legendary passer who replaced Tebow — is now struggling to score at a rate his predecessor never reached in Denver.

According to statistics compiled by’s Chris Wesseling, the Manning-led 2015 Broncos are averaging 1.7 touchdowns per 60 minutes. Tebow’s 2011 team scored 2.0 touchdowns at the same clip.

Prior to this season, the last time Manning failed to get his offense to the end zone was in 2003. He’s done it in Weeks 1 and 5 this season already.

Plus, “The Sheriff” is one of four starting quarterbacks with more interceptions than touchdown passes. That stat line is near Tebow-like, too.( Buzzy Says : Not True)

Head coach Gary Kubiak stood by Manning as his starter — but these numbers can’t be easy to stomach.

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8 Responses to “Broncos’ Peyton Manning is struggling at a Tim Tebow-like rate”

  1. Andrea says:

    The most important point of this article is that the 96 million dollar QB will not be in Super Bowl 50.

  2. Sage says:

    Hey, but how is Peyton’s running game?


  3. Sage says:

    Still, Manning has a bright future. Er.

  4. Danny says:

    Three of the top five Super Bowl blowouts came from Elway and Manning. How about that clutch playing? HA!

  5. Adam says:

    How about the fact that Peyton has thrown more INT’s than TD’s this year…not very Tebow like at all.

  6. David says:

    Check the stats in 2010 and you’ll see that Tim Tebow scored more often per pass attempt and per completion than Manning did.
    Tebow averaged a score every 8.2 completions and 16.4 attempts. He ranked 1st in the NFL for TDs per completion.
    Manning averaged a score every 13.6 completions and 20.5 attempts.
    In his first 16 games of playing time, Tebow threw 19 TDs in 374 attempts with a 47.3% completion percentage.
    He scored every 9.3 completions and 19.6 attempts. That is still better than Manning in 2010 which was the last year that he played before he replaced Tebow.
    Tebow scored more often per completion and per attempt.
    Tebow had a 47.3 completion percentage in his first 16 games and averaged 15.3 yards per completion.
    Manning had a 66.3 completion percentage in 2010 and averaged 10.4 yards per completion.
    Tebow had a 19% lower completion percentage but threw the ball 32% farther on average per completion. Tebow scored more often with fewer touches.
    Tebow also rushed for 15 scores and 937 yards in his first 16 games of playing time which includes the Steelers game.
    Tebow scored 32 TDs and 2 two point conversions in 549 touches as a first time starter.
    Manning scored 33 TDs in 697 touches in 2010 as a 13 year veteran.
    They are both top 5 scoring quarterbacks. Tebow scored more often with 148 fewer plays. That’s about 3 games worth of plays. Quarterback efficiency is not how often you throw a completion, it’s how often you score. Tebow was 21.2% more efficient at scoring than Manning’s 2010 performance based on the number of plays needed to score.

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