Manuel completed 16 of 26 passes Sunday, just slightly worse than his performance in the opener. However, he ended up with 202 yards this time, while passing for one touchdown, a 12-yard score to Sammy Watkins, and was not intercepted in the game.
Manuel has completed 66.7 percent of his passes for 375 yards through the first two games of his season, with two touchdowns and one interception. He will try to keep the good times rolling in Week 3 against the Chargers next Sunday.
Manuel faked a handoff and waltzed into the end zone on a quarterback keeper to the left side for an easy touchdown on the team's second offensive drive. After a long interception return in the second quarter, the quarterback hooked up with C.J. Spiller after misdirection on play-action for another easy score. While he couldn't get much going in the second half, he did help key the game-winning drive in overtime, completing a 20-yard pass to bring the team into Chicago territory.
Manuel still doesn't look like a finished product, but leading the team to victory on the road against a good Bears team should be enough to earn him some breathing room after the Bills signed Kyle Orton late in the preseason. Manuel's next test will come next Sunday against the Dolphins at home.
Manuel opens this season on the road as well, heading to Soldier Field to take on the Bears Sunday. He'll be facing a new-look Chicago defensive line, rebuilt after the Bears defense struggled to generate a pass rush last season. Whether that pass rush can be effective could be the key to Manuel's success; the quarterback averaged 6.9 yards per attempt when under no pressure last season, but just 5.0 yards per attempt when faced with pressure.
Is there a good reason to start Manuel in Week 1? Not really. Every Fantasy team should be looking at a healthy roster heading into the beginning of the season, and there are anywhere from 14 to 20 QBs worth using over Manuel no matter the matchup. But a good performance in an unfavorable environment against a potentially improved pass rush would go a long way towards making the second-year player Fantasy relevant in 2014.
Manuel remains the starter, but if he continues to struggle, Orton will get his chance.
|4||9/28/14||@ HOU||1:00 pm|
|5||10/5/14||@ DET||1:00 pm|
|8||10/26/14||@ NYJ||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 9|
|11||11/13/14||@ MIA||8:25 pm|
|14||12/7/14||@ DEN||4:05 pm|
|16||12/21/14||@ OAK||4:25 pm|
|17||12/28/14||@ NE||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|