Posted 11 November 2013 - 11:51 AM
This year's Broncos are like the Pats of the last several seasons. As we saw, the Pats' O was able to cover up for a lot of D ills (especially against crap teams), but the D couldn't do the same when the O would get shut down. San Diego had their chances to beat the Broncs, but the Chargers (and Rivers) never seem to be able to get over the hump when they really need to. Rivers is one of those guys whose career numbers are going to look a lot better than he actually WAS.
For a team that's scoring an insane amount of points, the Broncos' +133 point differential really isn't that great...shows how much points they're giving up on defense. The Manning fanboys are all losing their minds over the eye-friendly numbers, but Peyton's always been a guy who puts up "easy on the eyes" numbers in the regular season. Then there's the playoffs. Take out three games where Peyton basically beat up on two teams that had NO defense to speak of (Denver twice, in 2003 and 2004, and KC in 2003), and his numbers are very ordinary...in his other 17 career playoff games, his TD-to-INT ratio is 20-to-20. His greatness has not really carried over to the postseason (8 one-and-dones to boot).
And Brady's three rings, five SB appearances and 17-7 record means he gets more of a pass on certain things than Peyton does (QBs tend to get too much of the credit and the blame for wins and losses, so Peyton probably takes more heat than he should for his lifetime 9-11 playoff record, just like a little too much gets made of Brady winning 17 playoff games). But the recent playoff numbers really show that Brady and Manning are really very similar at this stage of their careers. They can beat up on mediocre-to-bad defenses, both in the regular season and the playoffs, they can do some things that a lot of QB flat-out can't in some key spots...but when the playoffs roll around, they CAN be stopped with solid D and strong game-planning, even if their Os look unbeatable in the regular season.
The one thing I think is unfair is, as great as Joe Montana was, people almost act like he never ever lost in the playoffs. His teams lost 7 playoff games. He was awesome in Super Bowls, no one would dispute that...11 TDs with 0 INTs...but he's almost remembered as never having lost come playoff time.
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