I’m so happy to not be buried under an avalanche of Colts/Patriots hype that I am going to talk about the game myself. I think we’ve finally gotten to the point where we can treat this game like just another big game on the schedule, and we don’t have to pretend that the world is going to stop for 3 hours while Brady and Pey-Pey compose a master class on quarterbacking. Perhaps it was over-exposure, or maybe because we are now a bit removed from the real Patriots dynasty, but whatever it is, I’d say the hype is finally commensurate with the stakes. Of course, I’m sure many NFL pundits will be sitting around Sunday afternoon with their MVP ballots, ready to make a snap decision.
Trying to decipher who is the better player here, or who is more valuable is probably a pointless exercise. Both Brady and Manning are elite players. Gisele’s husband is probably the ultimate winner of his era, and commercial boy is probably the prototypical QB in terms of being in total control of the offense. Whichever style you prefer is matter of personal preference. If Brady’s hair annoys you, if you can’t stand Manning’s posturing, then so be it. I’ll say the rivalry if you consider it one, lacks a true “bad guy.” Both guys have their detractors, but if you were looking for an enemy in the whole thing from a national perspective, you might end up on Belichick.
For the game this Sunday I think the Colts have more at stake, and Peyton probably needs this one more than Tommy B. The only place where Manning can’t compete with Brady is in the win column when it comes to big games, and New England has been a personal house of horrors for him at times. The Patriots have the better record, they are at home, Brady’s weapons are healthier…not much is lining up in the Colts favor. Which is why, if Peyton were able to pull this one out, that it would be one of his most significant wins in the last year or two. If Brady and the Patriots win, they will just be taking care of business.
The bottom line is, it should be a good game, and could possibly be another shootout. I know I was touting the Eagles/Giants game as the same, but I feel pretty good that if you are a football fan you’ll be able to lock in Sunday afternoon and just let it ride straight to midnight. The NFL produces a lot of games that aren’t watchable in the purist sense, but lately we’ve had a couple each week that are worthwhile. And, here’s a game where you probably don’t have to pay attention in terms of DA….or do you?
Week 11 DA Rankings:
- Troy Smith
*Remember the deadline for putting in a claim on Cutler and Thigpen is tonight at 7 pm. I’ve already heard from most of you, but last call…