Found October 09, 2012 on Cippin on Sports:
In Foxboro on Sunday afternoon, we were treated to the thirteenth meeting of Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, a game that played out as a sort of State of the Union of this generation’s two great quarterbacks.  Manning, though people haven’t seemed to realize this, is largely the same player that he has always been.  He is insightful and dangerous, and the lifeblood and brain center of his offense.  Any and all success it has is due to his calculated maneuvers.  The difference in 2012 is that his relationship with his new team is still developing, as was evident on Sunday: Manning’s manipulation of the offense was less smooth and controlled than we used to see in Indianapolis.  He was reading the defense and making play calls, but the offense was never of one mind with him; he had to work hard to stage-manage his teammates into formation.
There are some physical differences, too, though they are relatively minor.  Manning’s throws are occasionally off-target, and his targets in general are shorter than they used to be (especially against the blitz).  And he seems to have developed a new wrinkle to his game: Manning scrambled ten yards for a key first down in the first quarter, and showed strength and agility on the final drive as he shook himself free of a sack before completing a nine-yard pass.
In general, though, Manning is still Manning.  Down 24 points in the third quarter, he engineered a no-huddle touchdown drive of 90 yards in under four minutes, and he was able to bring Denver to within ten with just under seven minutes to play in the fourth.  (A subsequent drive into New England territory was thwarted by a Willis McGahee fumble with 3:42 remaining, and the Broncos didn’t see the ball again.)  Manning finished with a Total QBR of 91.3 (topping Brady, who scored an 82.1).
Brady, meanwhile, was as smooth and precise as ever, and the New England offense was efficient and methodical.  The first four Patriots scoring drives were of 12, 14, 16, and 16 plays, and all of 80 yards or more.  New England ran 89 offensive plays in the game, at an average of 5.0 yards per play (the efficiency of pass and run plays was remarkably similar, the former averaging 5.5 yards per attempt, and the latter, 4.6).  And the running game, atypically, was dominant, accounting for 251 yards—more than half of New England’s net total of 444.
So this is where Manning and Brady are.  The former, while still the brilliant strategist, is in recovery, both from neck surgery and from a dramatic shift in environment.  The latter continues to play his beautiful game, the picture of efficiency in charge of an ever-mutating supporting cast.  Sunday was possibly their final meeting, and if so, we were fortunate to see for one last time two outstanding performances by two of the greatest quarterbacks ever, even if the circumstances were quite unlike those to which we have become accustomed.
—-
Box of the Week
San Francisco 49ers 45, Buffalo Bills 3
The 49ers broke the stat machine for the second straight week.  This time, instead of putting up absurd turnover numbers, they had a Big 12 day on offense:

Alex Smith, QB: 18-24 passing, 303 yds., 3 TD, 0 INT, 99.2 Total QBR; 3 rushes, 49 yds.


Frank Gore, RB: 14 car., 106 yds., 1 TD.
Kendall Hunter, RB: 11 car., 81 yds.


Michael Crabtree, WR: 6 rec., 113 yds., 1 TD.
Vernon Davis, TE: 5 rec., 106 yds.
Kyle Williams, WR: 2 rec., 50 yds., 1 TD.

The total San Francisco offense for the day: 621 yds. (9.9 per play)—310 passing (12.4 per pass), 311 rushing (8.2 per rush).  10 drives, 29 first downs., 7 for 11 on third down.  0 sacks, 0 INT’s, 1 fumble lost.
—-
The Rounds:

Hall of Fame linebacker Harry Carson is the rare ex-player who says that he wouldn’t have played if he’d known then about head injuries what he knows now.


Speaking of rarities, James Harrison says that he’s changing the way he plays to avoid getting fined.


Eric Winston, thankfully, let Chiefs fans have it for applauding Matt Cassel’s injury on Sunday.


Terrell Owens wants to come to New York, which would bring some much-needed attention to the Jets.


Brandon Marshall experienced firsthand on Sunday the angst of fantasy football.


Ray Lewis is Neo.


Aaron Rodgers wants to dress like a pirate: “It would have been sweet to go back in the game with an eye patch and lead us to victory.”


Opponents are blocking Jared Allen the same old way.


Not every player is a fan of the new Nike jersey design: “It makes me look like I have big old love handles.”


Greg Blume writes here and rambles there.
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Peyton Manning Stays On Target at New England

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has thrown for 330-plus yards in three straight games, including 345 and three scores Sunday against the Patriots.Fantasy Spin:Manning has been a garbage-time monster as Denver has fallen behind by at least 20 points in three of its five games this season. Aside from one quarter against the Falcons, Manning has thrown 11 TD passes and zero interceptions.

Video: Tom Brady NFL Evolution commercial

Tom Brady's newest commercial! What a prolific actor our star quaterback is!

Epic Facebook conversation between NFL Quarterbacks; Brandon Weeden is on Google+ though

Big ups to the guys at ProFootballMock.com. No sign of Brandon Weeden or Colt McCoy anywhere... Follow this link for the whole epic conversation.

Tom Brady Beats Peyton Manning For Old Time's Sake

Manning has the stats, but Brady came away with the win. Elsewhere in the AFC, the Bills give up a butt-load of points and Miami toughs out an upset win against the Bengals.

Oh, Peyton Manning face, how I missed you

Broncos-Chargers Preview

Save for one shaky performance, Peyton Manning has done most everything the Denver Broncos expected when they signed him to a lucrative deal in the offseason. He can't do much if Denver can't hang onto the football, though. Manning hopes his rough recent history versus the host San Diego Chargers doesn't play a role when the turnover-prone Broncos look to even the division...

Patriots-Seahawks Preview

With Tom Brady under center and a thriving ground game, the New England Patriots' offense is clicking on all cylinders. In contrast, while the Seattle Seahawks haven't moved the ball with much consistency, their defensive unit ranks as arguably the best in the league. Something has to give Sunday when the high-scoring Patriots square off against a stingy Seahawks team looking...

Brady, Patriots beat Broncos 31-21 despite shaky play from secondary and offensive line

Peyton Manning came to town on Sunday for another classic Brady vs. Manning duel The good news: The Patriots improved to 3-2 by beating Peyton Manning once again, this time as a member of the Denver Broncos. Tom Brady played very efficiently, completing 23 of 31 passes for 223 yards and a touchdown, and rushed for a touchdown as well. Brady was able to manage the game and make plays...

Denver Broncos at New England Patriots: How should Pats' Offense attack the Broncos?

Yes, all Broncos fans remember it. How could we forget about it? Divisional Round of the playoffs last year in Foxboro. The Broncos were riding high following their 31-25 overtime victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on Demaryius Thomas' 80 yard touchdown reception to open up the overtime period. The Broncos had entered that game as 10 point...

Denver Broncos vs. New England Patriots: Five Things We Learned

In the most recent installment of their storied rivalry, Tom Brady got the best of Peyton Manning as the Patriots topped the Broncos 31-21 in Foxboro on Sunday afternoon.Three costly Denver turnovers and their inability to stop, or even slow down, the suddenly-vaunted New England running game proved to be the deciding factors of the game. The loss drops the Broncos to 2-3 while the...

STAT MAN: Potent Patriots Scoring On 50% Of Their Possessions

The New England Patriots lead the league in yards gained on offense, with 2,197 yards. They lead the league in first downs (by a country mile, with 151). And they also lead the league in points scored through five weeks, at 33.0 per game.So how are they doing it?It helps that the New England offense has snapped the ball 388 times in five games, tops in the NFL. Here are the leaders...

Peyton Manning Vs. Dwight Howard

Today’s match-up features NFL Quarterback Peyton Manning Vs. NBA big man Dwight Howard. Peyton was spied this past Sunday signing autographs before his Broncos game against the Patriots,and an recovering Dwight(Back) watches his Lakers take on the Golden State Warriors for some preseason basketball, both athletes were looking quite spiffy, whose attire were you feeling?Peyton showed...

Fantasy Football: Top 3 Wide Receivers for Week 6

There are some really tough match ups this week that don’t favor wide receivers that normally are consistent in their fantasy scoring. Sorting through the tough schedule, these are the three guys that will be on top for fantasy scoring in a PPR format league in Week 6.Demaryius Thomas – Denver BroncosTo start the season there were many question marks surrounding the Denver...

Jeff Howe, Matt Chatham Credit Patriots With Team Victory Over Broncos (Video)

In the latest installment of the Tom Brady-Peyton Manning battle, it was Brady and the Pats who took care of Manning and the Broncos. It marks the ninth time out of the last 13 meetings between the two quarterbacks that Brady has come out victorious. While Brady had more human-like numbers (23 for 31, 223 yards, one passing TD, one rushing TD) in Sunday's win over Denver, the...

Report: Patriots Worked Out Wide Receiver Legedu Naanee on Tuesday

Patriots fans have learned that Tom Brady can succeed regardless of who he's throwing to, but that isn't going to stop Bill Belichick and Co. from constantly searching for ways to upgrade. The Patriots worked out wide receiver Legedu Naanee on Tuesday, The Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson reports. According to Wilson, there's no contract between the two sides...
NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.