Tom Brady vs. Peyton Manning: How Does Peyton's Injury Affect Their "Rivalry"?
Peyton Manning has been out the entire 2011-12 season so far with a neck injury, and it looks like he won't be back in time to face his longtime rival, Tom Brady. The New England Patriots and the Indianapolis Colts have always been the teams to beat in the AFC, and without Peyton as the Colts' starting quarterback, it seems as if Brady will have it easy in Week 13.
The Colts are now 0-11 while the Patriots are 8-3. It seems like an easy battle for the Patriots, and if you think that, then you are correct.
Brady Stands Alone
Peyton's injury will help the Patriots add to their lead in the AFC East, and a huge win over the Colts will just be another stamp on their ticket to the postseason or maybe even the Super Bowl.
Brady will have no worries about Curtis Painter or any other member of the Colts' team and can just concentrate on heaving the ball down the field.
With Peyton missing on the other side, Brady can play worry-free football.
Brady Has a Field Day
Brady had a great game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 12, and now he faces a Colts team that doesn't have any sort of identity.
I smell at least 350 yards for Brady in this matchup.
Another great game for one of the elite quarterbacks in the NFL, it only seems easy to say this because of the Colts' 0-11 record. However, there is no reason to say anything another way. The Colts' defense has not been that good, and Brady will find the passing lanes and get all the yards he wants in this matchup.
Brady Throws More Than Three Touchdown Passes
Brady threw three touchdowns against the Eagles and is now licking his chops for a chance to have an easy win over the Colts. The Colts may step up their game against their rivals, but I doubt they can keep a close game for too long.
Brady will be able to throw it into the end zone when he needs to, and the Colts will give up multiple touchdowns to the Pats' passing game.
Brady Improves His Record Against Colts
Brady is 4-4 against the Colts in the regular season and will look to move above .500 with a huge win in Sunday's game against the Colts.
This win will continue to prove that the Colts can't do anything without Peyton, and Brady will show how a quarterback can make the difference of an outcome of any particular game.
The Patriots won 31-28 in 2010 against the Colts with Peyton as the starting quarterback. I expect the Patriots to win big this time and the final score be something like 42-18.
The passing game for Brady will simply be immaculate, leading to another loss for the winless Colts.
Manning Could Retire
According to NESN.com, Peyton's chances of retiring are "better than 50 percent."
This is an even worse moment for the Brady-Manning rivalry, as it means that they might never face each other again. Brady could remain king as one of the all-time greats, leaving Peyton to be remembered as the quarterback who had to quit before his time was up due to injury.