Originally posted on The Football Fan Spot  |  Last updated 1/5/13
It’s 2006 again. Tom Brady and Peyton Manning appear to be on a crash course. Both quarterbacked arguably the best teams in the league (the Broncos and Patriots ranked 2nd and 3rd in the NFL in DVOA, but I don’t trust #1 Seattle on the road). Both are MVP candidates. Peyton Manning is currently viewed as the favorite, but I think that’s both undeserved and beneficial to the Patriots. I went into the former in Denver’s write up and I’ll get into the latter here. The Patriots thrive when doubted and that’s exactly what’s happening with the Broncos taking the #1 seed. They’ve failed to finish in the last 2 seasons as the #1 seed, but this year, I think things will be different. Tom Brady has an impressive record as an underdog in his career, going 24-18 and he’ll almost definitely be an underdog in Denver when the two meet. He also has an incredibly impressive record against teams with a record better than his, going 26-11 in those games in his career. Add in his 9-4 career record aga...
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