Manning was a slow primetime starter, too

Manning was a slow primetime starter, too 

Posted: 7:15 pm Monday, December 22nd, 2014

By John Boyle

There has been much talk about Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton’s 2-6 record in night games, but his opposite number tonight, Denver’s Peyton Manning, didn’t exactly erupt on the primetime stage either.

Manning went 3-5 in his first eight primetime games, only one of which came in his first two seasons in the league.

Manning’s second-career start was a Monday night game at New England when he went 21 of 33 for 188 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions.

His composite numbers in his first eight primetime games were 178 of 279 for 1,907 yards with 11 touchdowns and 11 interceptions and an 80.4 passer rating.

Three of Manning’s five losses were by double digits, and the average margin in the five losses was 14.4 points.

Dalton is 2-6 with seven touchdowns, eight interceptions and a 66.1 rating.

Here are the details of Manning’s first eight primetime appearances:

1998 at New England L 29-6, 21 of 33 for 188 yards with one touchdown, three interceptions

2000 vs. Jacksonville W 43-14, 23 of 36 for 440 yards, four touchdowns, no interceptions.

2000 vs. Buffalo W 44-20, 13 of 24 for 132 yards, no touchdowns, no interceptions

2001 vs. Oakland L 23-18, 26 of 41 for 241 yards, two touchdowns, two interceptions

2001 at Kansas City W 35-28, 19 of 30 for 201 yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions

2001 at Miami L 41-6, 19  of 32 for 173 yards, no touchdowns, three interceptions

2001 at New York Jets L 29-28, 25 of 35 for 228 yards, one touchdown, no interceptions

2002 at Pittsburgh L 28-10, 32 of 48 for 304 yards, one touchdown, three interceptions