clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Grades are in for Chiefs' Jamell Fleming and Marcus Peters vs. Broncos' Peyton Manning

Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning actually threw at Kansas City Chiefs CB Marcus Peters more than CB Jamell Fleming. He just didn't focus on Peters on the most critical drive of the game. That was Fleming.

The Pro Football Focus grades for Fleming is in and the numbers are not good. Per PFF, which you can see in the chart below that @PFF shared, Fleming was thrown at 13 times and nine of those were completed for 123 yards and one touchdown.

What REALLY hurt was that final Broncos offensive drive where Peyton Manning seemed to drop back and look at Fleming each time. Everyone watching the game saw this unfold and realized what was going on. Manning went to Fleming four times on that drive and completed three of those for 58 yards and the touchdown.

Peters, on the other hand, was a star. He was thrown at 14 times and only six of those were completed for 55 yards. Peters also had four passes defensed and that pick-six. Want something to feel good about? PFF says that no cornerback has seen as many targets as Peters in the first two weeks of the season since 2007. He has allowed 14 of those 27 targets to be completed.

Note the PFF grades for Peters (+3.2) and Fleming (-6.0), which basically says that Fleming was twice as bad as Peters was good. Or something like that.

A quick reminder here on Fleming: he is the Chiefs fourth cornerback. He is going to get roasted today and rightfully so because he had a bad game but he was only on the field at that point because Sean Smith is suspended. I expected more from Fleming in the game but how much can we realistically expect from the fourth cornerback? I realize that the morning after isn't the time to ask this question because I know what your answer will be. You know, trying to find the bright side and all...

Thanksgiving deal: Save 20% on APP!

Use promo code GOCHIEFS20 to save 20% on your first year of Arrowhead Pride Premier. Sign up today for exclusive game analysis, subscriber-only videos, and much more on the Chiefs journey to back-to-back.