The much-debated topic has always been who is a better quarterback, Tom Brady or Peyton Manning? Many NFL analysts claim Manning is a statistical magician who puts up amazing numbers whereas Brady is a system quarterback who is the best team manager. The thing is yes, Manning is a statistically better QB but not by that much and when you breakdown all the numbers, in my opinion Brady ends up on top.
Career Regular Season Records
Peyton Manning 131-60 68% Winning Percentage
Tom Brady 97-29 77% Winning Percentage (Highest Ever for NFL QB since 1966 min 100 starts)
Peyton Manning 7-8 46% 4-0 in 2006
Tom Brady 14-3 83% (2nd Highest Ever Behind Bart Starr)
Head to Head
7-4 Tom Brady
In fact, Brady’s first start was against the Colts. Yes the struggling 0-2 Pats were playing the 2-0 Colts and Brady let the Pats to a 44-13 romp. Brady has a 95+ QB Rating in the 11 matches whereas Manning has a sup 78 QB Rating.
I’ll give this to you Manning does put up better stats except for Brady’s record breaking 50 td season. But you need to take into account several advantages.
Over the course of Manning’s career he has had the likes of Marshall Faulk, Edgerrin James, and Joseph Addai in his backfield, all pro-bowlers. Meanwhile Brady has had Corey Dillon, Kevin Faulk, and Laurence Maroney. Not a close comparison. Statistical advantage for Manning.
Before the arrival of Wes Welker and Randy Moss, Brady has always played with scrubs on the field with the likes of Troy Brown and Deion Branch. On the other side, Manning has always had two pro-bowl wide-outs, Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne, not to mention Dallas Clark. Statistical advantage for Manning.
For years, Colts have had the best offensive line in the NFL with multiple pro-bowlers. Brady has played with an O-line full of scrubs who are put together to fit among the system. Statistical advantage for Manning.
You say Brady has had a better defense playing behind him? Well take this, in 2001, New England’s defense ranked 24th in the NFL. Lowest rated defense to ever win a Super Bowl. Overall the Pats have been a little better. Statistical advantage for Brady.
Ok here I will give you the fact that Bill Belichick is a coaching mastermind. That’s not to say that Tony Dungy wasn’t good but Belichick was better. Statistical advantage for Brady.
Peyton Manning plays in a Dome whereas Brady plays in the outdoor frigid weather of Foxboro. We all know the dome is known for offensive shootouts whereas Foxboro is known for snowy battles where the best team wins. Statistical advantage for Manning.
Overall, Brady is Better
All in all, people have this belief that Manning is a superior quarterback because of the great stats he puts up. The fact is they are not that much better and not nearly enough to overlook Brady’s overwhelming superiority in the post season, head to head, and within the regular season. I just can’t imagine what Brady’s stat line would look like if New England had invested the same millions in the offense that Indy has. Brady has proven he can win championships and put up amazing numbers surrounded by a mediocre offense. When surrounded by an all-star cast Brady has shown he can put up historic single season records all better than Manning’s himself. Manning has shown he can continue to put up unfathomable stats year after year. However the fact that he chokes in the playoffs and plays his worst when his team needs him most makes him far less superior than Brady. Fact is anyone who tries to defend Manning is illogical. This should not even be an argument. Bottom line is no quarterback ever in the new NFL era has posted more stunning postseason performances, team accomplishments, and amazing stats than Tom Brady. No way is Manning close and as a result Brady will always be number 1 and Manning number 2. The numbers don’t lie and if not just look at how many rings Brady has on his finger compared to Manning. O, not too mention Manning has played three more seasons. In other words, Tom Brady is better, case and point.