Though Peyton Manning would throw four touchdowns en route to setting the career passing-touchdown mark, Thomas wasn't a part of the offensive explosion. It's the first time he's failed to score after racking up nine touchdowns in the team's first five games. He'll look to get back on track when the Broncos face the Chargers Thursday.
He may have said it a little more colorfully the first time, but you get the idea: He thinks scoring touchdowns is easier than it should be, and you can certainly understand why. He already has nine in five games.
His other numbers in this game again wouldn't blow anyone away. He had four catches on six targets for 51 yards. But his size and strength makes him an ideal red-zone target for Manning, and with Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders and Wes Welker already demanding so much of the defense's attention, it's just, well, "too easy."
As is assessing Thomas' Fantasy value, so I'm going to stop right now.
Thomas became the first tight end in NFL history to rack up eight touchdowns in first five games when he snagged a 22-yarder with just 27 seconds left in the first half. He then made it nine with a 4-yard scoring toss from Peyton Manning midway throiugh the third quarter. He finished with 51 yards receiving.
He has scored at least one touchdown in every game this season and will seek to add another notch to his belt when the Broncos host San Francisco next Sunday.
The NFL fined
Thomas will not be suspended and should be available to play Week 6 at N.Y. Jets.
The officiating crew made the "correct" call penalizing
"The play was penalized because it was an illegal chop block, a violation of Rule 12, Section 2, Article 3 items c) and d)," Signora said, per ESPN. "The officials threw the flag for the 'reverse chop.' Thomas blocked Campbell 'in the area of the thigh or lower,' as specified by rule, and Clady engages Campbell high 'simultaneously or immediately after the block' by Thomas, resulting in the penalty. The play also violated part c) of the rule, known as a 'lure.' While Thomas chops Campbell, Clady 'confronts the defensive player in a pass-blocking posture but is not physically engaged with the defensive player.'"
Campbell suffered a Grade 2 MCL sprain, which will likely keep him off the field for a few weeks. Arizona coach Bruce Arians called it the dirtiest play he's ever seen in his 37 years of coaching. Thomas is expected to be fined in the coming days by the league, according to Signora.
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