A positive sign from last night’s Broncos-Lions game is that Pro Football Focus graded Peyton Manning positively for the first time this season.
— Only Matthew Stafford entered this weekend’s games with a lower PFF grade among quarterbacks than Peyton Manning (+2.4). But, after recording his first positive grade since Week 17 last season Manning’s 2015 finally has some positive momentum. Manning was in control of his intermediate passing (6 of 8 for 73 yards, 1 TD, +3.2 PFF passing grade) and was the beneficiary of his receivers winning on jump balls against Darius Slay (-3.2) to boost his deep passing numbers (2 of 2 for 79 yards, 1 TD, -0.1 PFF passing grade).
Ryan Harris also graded positively (+1.8).
The defense, of course, had a great showing, but the one who made the biggest mark, as measured by PFF, was Von Miller (+6.4). Remember, things like QB pressure and hits don’t show up in the box scores, but Miller had plenty of both.