NFL  > New England Patriots  > Tom Brady and Peyton Manning 2010: A Head To Head Comparison
November 17, 2010, 10:28 AM
"On Sunday, the New England Patriots will square off against the Indianapolis Colts at Gillette Stadium. As we all know, this can only mean one thing: Brady vs. Manning 2010!

It has become the most cherished and expected of annual traditions. It makes me feel all warm and toasty inside, like Christmas, only without ham. Whenever the Colts come to town or the Pats head to Indy, I can always count on every sports commentator, newscaster, ice cream dispenser and homeless person living within a thousand mile radius to drone endlessly on about whoever they think is the better quarterback. It will be uninteresting and near constant, and we will all watch every minute of it because we are sheep that need constant distraction from our pointless, boring lives.

The arguments never change; there is never any more fact to add to the discussion. Both players put up consistent and staggering numbers year after year, and each year it seems they both topple more records and continue to add to their case for the Hall of Fame. Neither every makes a strong statement that one is better than the other, and there is never anything more to contribute to the ongoing debate besides useless personal conjecture. Any attempt to do so would be foolhardy, moronic and an absolute waste of the time of everyone who dares to pay any heed to the blathering.

But I'm going to do it anyway, because that's who I am!

And so, let us begin with..." --
November 17, 2010  11:32 AM ET

both are among the best the league has ever produced..... the edge goes to brady for more rings.

November 17, 2010  11:43 AM ET

Devil Doll: Mostly, I'm just poking fun at the absolute mountain of debate that rages for days prior to any game involving both of them. Truthfully, I couldn't pick an absolute winner, and would be thrilled to have either or, god help me, both on my team.

November 17, 2010  11:50 AM ET

Mostly, I'm just poking fun at the absolute mountain of debate that rages for days prior to any game involving both of them.

How's that for irony?

November 17, 2010  11:55 AM ET

How's that for irony?

That was the idea!

November 17, 2010  05:48 PM ET

Head to head has a clean cut look and the other is getting a bit

November 17, 2010  06:30 PM ET

2010 Vick > both.

November 18, 2010  06:28 AM ET

If U go by Super-Bowl rings-Brady (but rings are a team effort)...Manning has more MVP's (that says it all!)

November 18, 2010  10:56 AM ET

Peyton Manning is much better in my opinion. He gets more out of less than Brady does.

that's why this is fun.... different opinions to debate. brady is the better all around player. he wins more "big" games and he doesn't seem to fall flat as much as manning. that said, they are both outstanding QBs. oh... and brady is married to a supermodel LOL!

November 18, 2010  12:17 PM ET

They are both future hall of famers so what's to debate.

What's the point of football if you can't yell, scream and fight your way to being correct on who you think is the best in any particular category of consideration?

November 18, 2010  03:20 PM ET

Head to head has a clean cut look and the other is getting a bit

one has a giant forehead, one has a dimpled chin.

November 18, 2010  03:23 PM ET

Peyton Manning is much better in my opinion. He gets more out of less than Brady does.

wait... what???? you must be joking. Manning has had Harrison, Wayne and Clark for the better part of 10 years. in the last year he has made due with Collie and Garcon, in addition to Wayne and Clark. Time will tell if he can win a SB with those guys. Brady has had what to work with exactly? in the short time Brady had weapons like Moss and Welker at WR, he broke the all-time passing TD record. every single WR that has left NE has fallen flat on their face without Brady, he made them productive, not the other way around. and he won SB with them. Your argument is AWFUL.

November 19, 2010  07:14 AM ET

You people need to stop with the "manning does more with less argument"! Take a peek at his skill players over the years! Harrison=FIRST ROUND, Wayne=FIRST ROUND, Clark=FIRST ROUND, Stokely and Collie=FOURTH ROUND (where Brady got Hernandez this year, for perspective) Edgerrin James=FIRST ROUND, Joseph Addai=FIRST ROUND!!!!! Jesus fellas, Brady has NEVER had the talent pool that Manning has had!! Oh, and Brady has been sacked more than 20 times in EVERY season but 2009. Manning has been sacked 20+ times in only TWO seasons! Please don't revert to the defense argument either, as the Pats had the 24th overrall defense when they won their first super bowl!!!!

November 19, 2010  07:16 AM ET

And the Vick bandwagon jumpers amaze me. Relax, let him win a Super Bowl...and perform CONSISTENTLY!!!!

November 19, 2010  10:32 AM ET

My feeling is that Brady is much better looking, and that's all that really matters.

November 19, 2010  11:15 AM ET

I agree! hot is hot!

I mean, really, just look at that chin!

November 20, 2010  08:19 AM ET

Brady may be married to a hottie but Manning is still the better QB.

Maybe, maybe not. The fact remains, however, that your initial "Peyton is better because he's done more with less" argument is completely inaccurate. For one thing, 3 rings to 1 means that Brady has done more than Peyton period. Brady also took Peyton's precious single season TD record. Secondly, with the exception of this year (and it's still a toss up since Manning still has Wayne), Peyton has always been surrounded by more talent than Brady. Not until the string of injuries this year could you make the argument that Brady has more to work with. So, how's Manning doing now? Good, but not great...and not even good the last two games. Last game, manning threw for about 185 yards and no touch downs. In fact, had it not been for a Palmer pick six, the Colts would have lost to a poor Bengals team. Against the Eagles, the Colts were dominated on both sides. An injury depleted secondary kept the Colts passing game in check and forced two interceptions, while the front seven got three sacks against Manning. Even the good stats that Manning had in that game are misleading. He had two TD drives kept alive by highly questionable penalties. On one, a 2nd and long play that should have resulted in a turnover ended up getting 15 yards and a first down. On the other, a defender was called for defensive holding when the receiver ran into him. Under those circumstances, a defender is allowed to stand his ground. The defender did so, and was called for holding when the receiver ran into him at full speed and bounced off. Had it not been for those calls (both of which kept TD drives alive when they wouldn't have otherwise), that two point win would have been a blow out. So, please, explain to me how Manning is accomplishing more with less?

Personally, I really don't care who anyone thinks is the better QB. If you're going to declare a pick and say it like it's objective fact, however, you should at least use reasonable arguments.

November 21, 2010  07:00 PM ET

Turning into another classic... I love this match up every year !!!

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November 21, 2010  07:05 PM ET

Ohhh... Manning!!! Not this year buddy... Pats are rolling !!!

November 22, 2010  09:53 AM ET

Is there a scoring system I'm not aware of that exists? Do you get a lower seed in the NFL playoffs by "just barely excaping" with a win vs. blowing a team out? I didn't think so. what a putz.


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