Missing targets not fazing Manning, Colts’ passing attack

Posted Oct. 04, 2010 @ 3:57 p.m.
Posted By Michael Blunda

Colts QB Peyton Manning is further proving this season that he can post ridiculous numbers regardless of who his targets are.

Even with WRs Pierre Garcon (hamstring) and Anthony Gonzalez (ankle) both out of the lineup Sunday, Manning racked up 352 yards and two TDs at Jacksonville. On the season, he leads the league in TD passes (11), completions (120) and passer rating (112.2) while tossing just one interception. And his 341.3 passing yards per game puts him on pace for 5,460 for the season, which would obliterate the all-time record. Suffice it to say, there hasn't been a better fantasy QB through the first month.

With the aforementioned receivers out, Reggie Wayne came through with a big-time effort at Jacksonville, snagging 15 passes for 196 yards. And Austin Collie has developed into a fantasy stud, racking up eight catches and nearly 100 yards per game with five TDs on the season. This pair, along with TE Dallas Clark, is all Manning needs to be successful.

Considering that the Colts barely have been able to move the ball on the ground this season, Manning is going to be chucking it as much as any QB in the league. And with the Colts having issues on defense, they probably won't have the luxury of sitting players late in the season. It all adds up to Manning having a realistic chance at a record-breaking season. Enjoy the ride.