Thomas hauled in a 12-yard pass near the end of the first half to put the Broncos up 21-1, but the Broncos couldn't get much done on offense in the second half, though they did hang on for a win to move to 2-0. Thomas caught just four of his 11 targets in Week 1 but had a much better game Sunday, despite the offense being limited to 26 pass attempts. He could be looking at a matchup with Richard Sherman next Sunday when the Broncos travel to Seattle for a Super Bowl rematch.
"It was bothering me after the first one and I guess I let it linger on and bother me the other two," Thomas told the team's official website.
Thomas had a drop in the first quarter on a screen last Sunday, and added one more in each of the third and fourth quarters. He was credited with just eight dropped passes a year ago, and will look to bounce back in Week 2 against the Chiefs, and has a history of doing so after his rare missteps.
He has failed to record 50-plus yards in a game just four times since Dec., 2012, but averaged 6.3 catches for 123 yards and a touchdown in the next four games.
"(Week 1) was tough," said Thomas. "But it's over with now, and I go on to the next (game)."
Thomas compounded matters by dropping two easy passes, including a bubble screen that could have been a long gainer. Thomas finished with four catches for 48 yards -- worse production than he had in all but one game last year.
To be fair, Thomas drew two defensive penalties. He got held once after beating his man deep, a play that could have gone for a touchdown. And Manning targeted him three straight times in the end zone on one series.
Thomas will try to get back to his normal self Week 2 against the Chiefs.
The Colts' top corner held up well Week 7 against the 6-3, 229-pound Thomas. While Thomas caught four passes for 82 yards and a touchdown, his 31-yard score came one play after Davis exited briefly with an injury. Thomas ended up catching fewer than half his nine targets.
Davis graded out as Indy's top defensive player that night. In addition to making five tackles, he allowed three completions out of eight throws to his coverage area for 12 yards. Whatever damage Thomas did, he didn't do it against Davis. Thomas figures to see plenty of Davis (5-11, 207 pounds) when Denver hosts Indy in Week 1.
Thomas should get redemption Sunday night. He usually comes out with a bang -- he has five touchdown catches in four season openers -- and the Broncos will scheme to free him up. Consider him a top-5 play as usual, despite the tough individual matchup.
Thomas left the game for good early in the second quarter, with the rest of the starters.
|3||9/21/14||@ SEA||4:25 pm|
|Bye: Week 4|
|6||10/12/14||@ NYJ||1:00 pm|
|9||11/2/14||@ NE||4:25 pm|
|10||11/9/14||@ OAK||4:05 pm|
|11||11/16/14||@ STL||1:00 pm|
|13||11/30/14||@ KC||8:30 pm|
|15||12/14/14||@ SD||4:05 pm|
|16||12/22/14||@ CIN||8:30 pm|
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