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If Peyton Manning Went to the Raiders: Why He Is Overrated

SAN DIEGO - JANUARY 03:  Quarterback Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts speaks to members of the media after being defeated by the San Diego Chargers 23-17 in the AFC Wild Card Game on January 3, 2009 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
David RichardsonSenior Analyst IApril 24, 2009

Yes, that's right. I think Peyton Manning is overrated. So, I expect a lot of, "He's the best QB in the NFL!" Or maybe, "You're just mad because JR sucks!" from Colts fans. They amuse me.

Anyway, on to the actual article.

What would happen if Peyton Manning went to the Oakland Raiders? What would happen if he didn't have Reggie Wayne? Or if he didn't have Clark, or Harrison? What would happen if he was in front of the line that the Raiders started the season in?

I also know that this isn't going to happen, and I don't want it to. But, just think about what would happen.

His stats would drop dramatically. The adjustment would be crazy hard for him, and he wouldn't be the Peyton Manning everyone knows.

Now do you see why JaMarcus doesn't quite have the same stats?

While Manning was passing to Harrison (with a good amount of time), Russell was watching Javon Walker and such run the wrong routes, drop passes, or just give up on plays. Not quite the same thing, is it?

You could reverse this question and say, "What would happen if JaMarcus Russell went to the Colts?"

Now, that definitely won't happen, but I'm illustrating a point.

What if he had more time to throw, and better receivers to throw to?

His stats would also change, but in a good way. And if people might actually talk about him, he'd get a lot of the praise that Peyton gets, even though personally he didn't improve.

By the way, Manning is not the best QB to ever play, he's not even the best right now.

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