When talking about the greatest quarterback in the history of the NFL names such as Joe Montana, Johnny Unitas, Dan Marino and perhaps Brett Favre come up.
Peyton Manning and Tom Brady will be meeting up for the 13th time in their illustrious careers and they have never disappointed us in terms of entertainment at any points in their careers.
Witnessing these two once again duel it out at will be quite the game with playoff implications as usual, despite it being only October. The Patriots can ill-afford a home loss if they expect to have any sort of home field advantage in the postseason, and the Broncos would love to get some sort of leg up in the AFC West.
However, this might just be the final meeting we ever witness between these two future Hall of Game greats. Peyton Manning will be turning 37 in the offseason while Brady just turned 35 this past summer.
I would argue Manning will stay healthy and finish out the remaining four years on his contract after the 2012 campaign, whereas Brady will do the same until his contract expires after the 2014-2015 season.
So, where does one rank these two greats?
Certainly both are in the top 10 among their positions and NFL Network released their top 100 ‘Greatest Player Ever’ just a few summer back .
Brady was listed at No. 21 (No. 7 QB) just behind that Favre guy whereas Manning was listed No. 8 overall (No. 3 QB).
So, should we reward these two superstars for staying along for the ride and giving us plenty of entertainment through the years?
Are you kidding, hell yes we should!
Looking at the numbers Peyton Manning has a clear edge over Tom Brady.
Manning currently ranks third in the history of the NFL in yards passing (55,990 behind Favre & Marion) and third in career passing touchdowns (407 behind once again Favre & Marino).
He is tied with Favre for the most career Pro Bowl in the history of the sport (for his position) with 11, but has been named the NFL’s MVP (4x) more than anybody, ever.
Throw in the fact that he has been named to the All-Pro team eight times (5x First Team, 3x Second), which once again is the most ever and the guy cannot be human!
Manning would just have to average only 20 TD per season for the remainder of his four-year contract (I have him throwing for 20 more TD this season, equals 28 total) to break Favre’s all-time record of 508.
Brady on the other hand has gone to the Super Bowl five times with three victories (2x Super Bowl MVP) and his achievements are not too far behind.
Pick No. 199 in the 2000 NFL Draft has gone to the Pro Bowl seven times and he has also seen his fair share of All-Pro teams as well (3x).
The Patriots signal-caller is currently fifth in career touchdown passes (307 behind Favre, Marino, Manning, Tarkenton) and No. 11 in career passing yardage (41,206).
Despite being only a year younger, we may see Brady play at least few more seasons longer than Peyton with his four neck surgeries.
Lastly, these are not just two of the best quarterbacks we have seen in the last few decades, these are a pair of heroic iron men that will forever remain immortal in NFL history.
Network: CBS (713)
Time: 4:25 p.m. Eastern
Experts Pick: Pats by 6.5
Danny V’s Pick: Patriots 28, Broncos 17