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Believe it or not, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady will square off for the 15th time this Sunday afternoon in Denver. Brady’s teams have bested Manning straight up in 10 of the first 14 match-ups, but are 7-5-2 against the spread. Brady and Manning squared off earlier this season in one of the more bizarre games in recent memory. Facing a 24-0 deficit in the third quarter, Brady (with a little help from the wind), put on an absolute clinic and led the Patriots to a stunning 34-31 overtime victory in Foxboro. Brady accounted for 344 passing yards and 3 TDs as he led the comeback effort. Wide receiver Julian Edelman accounted for 110 yards and 2 TDs. 

Unfortunately for Denver, one of its better cornerbacks, Chris Harris Jr., will not be available to help slow down Brady. Harris tore his ACL in the third quarter against the Chargers and will miss the remainder of the season. Denver held onto a comfortable 17-0 lead before Harris departed and San Diego began to mount a comeback. Expect New England to study Denver’s formations following Harris’ departure and exploit that weakness early and often. 

Expect New England to continue leaning on RB LeGarrette Blount. Blount has become the story of the playoffs after ripping off 166 yards and 4 TDs last weekend against the Colts. I fully expect Brady to feed his 250-pound RB early and often to keep Manning and Co. off the field. 

Denver opened as a six point favorite on most sportsbooks, but that number has been bet down to 4.5 points. Current Super Bowl odds have Seattle listed as the largest favorite, but Denver is a close second.  Temperatures in Denver are expected to be in the mid-40s with no chance of rain. These weather conditions are ideal for Manning’s passing attack and I expect him to put up a big performance. A lot of people are betting on New England and I can understand why. They looked dominant last weekend and they know how beat Peyton Manning led teams. However, Manning needs this game in the worst game possible. Manning detractors are out in full force and a loss on Sunday would give them more ammo. I think Denver gets out to an early, sizable lead and coasts to an easy victory. Watch out for Wes Welker. I fully expect him to have a huge game against his former squad.

Prediction: Denver 38 New England 20

After Peyton Manning agreed to a deal with the Denver Broncos, expectations began to soar for the defending AFC West Champions. In Las Vegas, Denver’s Super Bowl odds skyrocketed from 30-1 to 10-1 within minutes of the Manning news. While adding a Hall of Fame quarterback will make any fan base excited, Denver shouldn’t rush to print Super Bowl tickets just yet.

After going 8-8 last season, Denver fans have to assume Peyton can easily transform this team into a double digit winner. However, opponents outscored the Broncos by 81 points last season. If you take away a few ‘Tebow miracles’, the Broncos were at best a 6-10 team. Adding a 37-year-old Manning should tilt the scoring edge in Denver’s favor, but the rust and newness with his arrival may prove to be a difficult transition.

Manning has primarily been a ‘dome quarterback’ and has never played the majority of his games outside. Manning’s record is just 62-44 in outdoor games. Add in the injury concerns and playing in the volatile Denver climate may cause some issues. However, John Elway must have been convinced by Peyton’s workouts to know the weather won’t be an issue.

While the conditions will be cold, the opponents will be much tougher for the Broncos. In addition to its divisional opponents, the Broncos will face the AFC North, NFC South, Texans, and Patriots this season. Seven of the Broncos’ sixteen games will come against playoff teams while four more of those games will come from two teams who were as good (record-wise) as the Broncos were last season (Oakland, San Diego). Don’t sleep on the Chiefs, retooled Bucs, or upstart Panthers, either. All three teams have gotten better.

Denver’s main receivers (Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker) are very, very raw players, but Manning was able to turn Austin Collie into a household name. Manning will need more dependable targets and past team mate, Dallas Clark is available. In addition, long-time center, Jeff Saturday is expected to meet with the Broncos.

When I look at the Broncos, I don’t see a Super Bowl contender. Thomas and Decker are skilled play makers and defensive end, Von Miller is a dumb, yet special talent. This team just lacks the depth to get on par with the AFC’s elite.

Given their tough schedule and unfamiliarity with Peyton’s system, I don’t envision the Broncos being much better than their 8-8 record in 2012. Sure, a 10-6 record is attainable and could probably clinch the AFC West, but getting those ten wins won’t be easy. Signing Peyton Manning was the right move for the Bronco franchise. I just don’t see it paying off as handsomely as others do.

 

When I first contacted the editor of this site, part of my pitch was that I wanted to write about how Eli was going to finish with a better career than Peyton. Since then, the topic has blown up everywhere and I don’t feel it necessary to add much to the now over saturated conversation.

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The best comparison that I’ve heard of the two of them was by Colin Cowherd when he said that Peyton is A-Rod and Eli is Jeter. That holds very true in my eyes, Peyton will have the higher numbers (we’ll see by how much) and overall is the more talented player. But when it comes down to it, crunch time, third down, fourth quarter, final minute of the biggest game in the football world, if your heart hasn’t told you that it’s Eli that you want just yet, your eyes and the statistics are all more than convincing.

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During this time that Eli’s play has put him in this Peyton Manning conversation, he’s silently put himself in the room with Tom Brady in two ways. One, he’s carried his team to the wins they need in the big time moments, just as Tom Brady has made his career. At the same time, he earned his first ring against Tom, shutting down his undefeated, record setting season. Keeping his hand from adding a fourth ring and putting him hands down in the top few quarterbacks ever. Again entering his fifth Super Bowl, Brady is looking to add that fourth ring…Or is it going to be Eli adding his second (more than Peyton, now only one behind Brady) and holding Brady back once again from that fourth championship?

It’s not a far reach to see Eli and the Giants heading to another Super Bowl or two in the next 6 years, possibly another against Brady. Putting his appearances and winning percentage in that all-time class. Super Bowl 46 is going to be a great game and a great rematch of the the epic 2008 game and the earlier battle this season. But how about Eli and Coughlin with an experienced receiving corp that’s no longer emerging no-names going for his third ring against Tom Brady and Belichick? Eli 3 for 3 in the Super Bowl (also would be adding at least 3 more playoff wins) matching Brady’s championships in just half the appearances.

That’s the Super Bowl I’m waiting for…

Todd Giannattasio is a guest blogger for New York State Of Sports. Todd runs an online store selling Giants themed apparel, Deja 42. You can follow him on Twitter@Tresnic.

I Win This Time, Peyton.

Rex talked the talk and Rex backed it up. Rex Ryan won his third post-season road game in the last two years as the Jets topped the Colts, 17-16. After Adam Vinatieri nailed a 50-yard field goal to give the Colts 16-14 lead with 53 seconds to go, Antonio Cromartie ran the opening kickoff back 43 yards, putting the Jets back in business. Two key catches by Braylon Edwards, including a huge 18-yarder, put the Jets in field goal range. Nick Folk nailed a 32-yarder as time expired, giving the Jets an opportunity to take on their bitter rivals the New England Patriots next Sunday afternoon in Foxborough.

Head Scratching Moments:

00:29 4th Quarter: The Jets had the ball at the IND 32 with one timeout left and the Colts used their final timeout? I didn’t understand this at all. Essentially, the Colts gave the Jets two more plays instead of one. Following the IND timeout, a 18-yarder to Edwards gave Nick Folk a chip shot 32-yard field goal, sealing the Colts fate. If the Colts don’t take that timeout, Folk is looking at least at a 40-yard field goal.

Santonio’s Drop: On a huge 3rd and 5 with three minutes to go in the fourth quarter, Mark Sanchez threw a very catchable ball to Santonio Holmes for a first down. Holmes dropped the ball, setting up a punt. A Colt special team’s miscue gave the Jets a first down, bailing out Holmes.

Holmes is one of the more arrogant players in the league. Don’t dance, joke, and pose when you can’t catch a short five-yard out in the AFC Wild Card round.

Sanchez’s Accuracy: Sanchez made the critical throws on the Jets’ final drive (3/3 for 38 yards), but was otherwise sporadic (15/28 for 151 yards, 1 INT) before the game winning drive.

Good Moments for the Jets:

Revis Island: Is there a better defensive player in football? Revis held the Manning-Reggie Wayne combo to one yard tonight. Hard to believe the Jets played hardball with this guy during Training Camp.

Ground and Pound: The Jets basically did what I outlined earlier this week. Run the ball, keep Peyton off the field, and dominate the clock. The Jets out-rushed the Colts, 169 to 93 and won the possession battle (33:07 to 26:53). The Jets illustrated both of these facets during a nine-minute, third quarter drive, capped off by a two-yard LaDainian Tomlinson touchdown run.

With The Win….: A minor detail, but worth noting. With the win, the Jets will send a second round pick to San Diego as part of the Cromartie trade. If the Jets lost, they would only surrender a third rounder. I’m sure this is at the fore front of Rex’s mind right now.

Rex Ryan: As much as I hate the guy, I gotta give him credit. He has now won three road playoff games in three different venues over the last two seasons. He talked the talk all week. His team beat the Colts. They were the better team today. His biggest test will come next Sunday afternoon…

What’s Next?

The Jets will now have eight days to prepare for a monster showdown in Foxborough against the Patriots. The two teams split the season series, each winning on their home turf. The Patriots crushed the Jets during their Week 13 showdown, 45-3. Tom Brady threw for 326 yards and four scores in the rout. Rex took some shots at the Pats during the week, so expect the battle-tested, brash coach to light a fire under his squad this week.

Expected Line: New England by 7.5

A loss by the Jacksonville Jaguars paved the way for the New York Jets at the end of Week 16, clinching them their second consecutive playoff berth. It’s been quite the rollercoaster ride for Gang Green, starting the year strong at 9-2, but then finishing the season 2-3 in their final five games. At first it seemed they could land the top seed spot, but an embarrassing loss to New England in Week 13 completely changed the course of their season. Instead, the Jets are heading into the playoffs as the sixth seed ready to face Peyton Manning and the Colts. But how ready are they? Can Rex Ryan and the Jets live up to all the hype they’ve raised this past season?

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Written By: Matt Vereb

NFL’s Golden Boy Quarterback, Peyton Manning came up short in yesterday’s Super Bowl XLIV. With his team trailing 24-17 with four minutes to go in the game, Manning and the Colts got the ball. Like the Colts had done all season, most believed the Colts would orchestrate a drive to tie the game. However, Manning was intercepted for a 74 yard touchdown by Terry Porter, closing the door on the Colts season.

If you watch the interception, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOjBcAcKyuA, some will argue that Wayne undercut the route. Others will argue that Manning made a bad throw. Regardless of perception, the Colts season was essentially over…..

In my opinion, Peyton Manning made a horrible throw. Manning was so accurate all game. Manning’s 3rd quarter pass to Dallas Clark was perfect placement. Manning’s 4th quarter intercepted pass to Reggie Wayne was horribly inaccurate.

Manning cannot take all of the blame. After the Saints interception TD, down 31-17, Manning led the Colts down the field. Manning threw a perfect pass to Reggie Wayne on 4th & Goal that went through Wayne’s hands, solidfying the Saints victory. If Wayne makes that catch, the Colts must recover the onside kick and score again in 1:15. The odds to execute this plan seemed miniscule, but Wayne did not come through.

While Manning did throw the game altering interception, Peyton Manning did not choke. His receivers dropped a lot of passes in the game. The Colts would never be in this situation without Manning. There is one reason why the Colts had the most wins in the last decade. His name goes without saying.

Many will point to Manning’s 9-9 career playoff record is a sign of ineptness. Manning’s four MVP awards and superior intangibles tell the whole story. Peyton Manning will go down as the best quarterback of this generation.