NFL Greats Go Head-To-Head

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Tom Brady holds a 9-4 series lead over Peyton Manning. Image courtesy of Wickerham/Getty Images
The tests keep coming for Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos ; last week they accounted for previously unbeaten Kansas City 27-17 , and next up is Tom Brady and the New England Patriots . Bill Belichick’s side is 7-3 but in nowhere near the form the 9-1 Broncos are as they tear up the NFL to the tune of almost 40 points per game on offence.

The Broncos didn’t come away unscathed from the win over the Chiefs with receiver Wes Welker in some doubt for Monday morning’s (AEST) encounter after he was concussed last weekend. The former Pat practiced on Thursday but he still needs to be cleared by an independent doctor. Tight end Julius Thomas also has a knee issue.

Brady knows just how valuable Welker is, given he was his favourite target in New England over six seasons. Brady has started getting some receivers back in recent weeks, although he couldn’t find one with the final pass of the game against Carolina in Week 11. The Panthers were called for pass interference on that last play but managed to hold on for a 24-20 win when officials decided the throw was uncatchable and waived the penalty away.

New England has won three straight against the Broncos, including a 31-21 win at home in the early stages of Manning’s time as a Bronco. The four-time MVP was impressed by the Pats’ up-tempo offence and this year Denver has rarely huddled in an attempt to play at a faster pace. Brady leads the overall series against the other great quarterback of his generation 9-4 and Manning is 2-9 all-time on the road against New England. Last time they met, Patriots running back Steven Ridley rushed for a career-high 151 yards.


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