The endless argument that is Tom Brady and Peyton Manning is about to gain another footnote to a discussion that has and will forever be in NFL lure. That is, will Peyton Manning's 2013 season be better than Tom Brady's 2007 season, a season that can be considered one of the greatest by any quarterback.
Tom Brady threw for 4,806 yards, 50 touchdowns and just 8 interceptions in 2007., so far in 2013, Peyton Manning has thrown for 3,249 yards, 33 touchdowns and only 6 interceptions. To break his numbers down in comparison to Brady's, Tom Brady averaged 300 yards, 3 touchdowns and a "half" an interception per game. If Peyton's current numbers hold true, Manning is on track to hit 5,776 yards, 58 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. Around 1,000 more yards, 8 more touchdowns and 2 more interceptions.
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While surely Manning's numbers look more positive and overall better, there is one little thing we are forgetting to mention, the defenses, or lack thereof. According to pass defense numbers in 2007 for Patriot opponents, the average rank of the pass defense was 14.5 out of 32, the overall defense of their opponents is 14.3. The highest rank defense the Patriots faced was the Pittsburgh Steelers with the third best pass d and best overall defense. The worst defense overall and pass was the Buffalo Bills, ranked 29th in passing and 31st in overall. Fast forward to 2013, Peyton Manning has yet to face all his teams, but as of right now the pass defense averaged out would rank 17.2 out of 32 while the overall defense ranks 19.1. Manning has also faced the two worst defenses in passing and overall with the Cowboys and Eagles, the 29th best in the Chargers, and 26/27th ranked Redskins.
The best defense the Broncos face is a defense they haven't even played against yet and won't for quiet some time, the Houston Texans. Who are ranked first in pass and overall currently. Certainly Peyton Manning has benefited from what some would say an easy schedule, but nevertheless, a record is a record.
Overall, Peyton Manning is on track to have a better season than Tom Brady, but fans in New England don't worry. Peyton Manning makes his legacies in the regular season, Brady makes his in the postseason.