But now that The Year Without a Peyton is finally over, we're back to yet another Manning-Brady race.
And what a race it has been. Just try separating the two.
Manning has thrown 409 times, completing 67.7 percent of his throws. Brady has thrown 421 times, completing 65.1 percent. Manning has thrown for 3,260 yards. Brady, 3,299. Manning is averaging 8.0 yards per attempt. Brady, 7.8. Manning, 26 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Brady, 24 and three.
If the season ended tonight, you might have to give it to Brady simply because he's taken care of the ball better. But it actually might be better to just flip a coin or, you know, give the award to both of them.
(Please forget I ever said that.)
Nonetheless, there are still five games left. It doesn't really matter where each player stacks up against the other right now. What does matter, however, is who is in a better position to improve his resume.
And that's Peyton Manning.
There's no reason Manning, who is having arguably the second-best statistical season of his career, can't continue putting up numbers at the same rate while leading his team to a 13-3 record.
As it stands now, Manning and Brady are 1 and 1A. But the man leading the Broncos to new heights is in a position to make it more like 1 and 1B by the end of the season.