Saturday, October 1st, 2016

It’s Manning vs Brady as Colts take on Patriots in NFL’s best matchup

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The quarterback matchup between Peyton Manning and Tom Brady makes the Indianapolis Colts vs New England Patriots one of the best games in week 11 of the NFL season at New England’s Gillette Stadium on Nov. 21st. Both teams are division leaders, but the Colts are a little banged up for this contest so things might be a little harder for Manning. Meanwhile, Brady will be trying to keep the Patriots’ unbeaten home record alive this season.

Both teams have been playing well lately as the Patriots are tied for top of the AFC East with the New York Jets with 7-2 records while the Colts lead the AFC South with a 6-3 record. This is the sixth consecutive season these two teams, which have been the league’s most successful during the regular season over the last decade, are meeting in November.

Indianapolis has won four out of the last five and Brady was missing from one of those games because of an injury. However, his career record in 11 head-to-head matchups is an impressive 7-4, which includes two wins out of three post-season games. Last year’s game was pretty exciting as New England had a 13 point lead with just 2:30 left in the game, but Indianapolis came storming back for a 35-34 win at home.

Manning’s Colts have been hit hard by injuries this season, but still have a game lead over Jacksonville and Tennessee. Wide receivers Anthony Gonzalez and Austin Collie, tight end Dallas Clark, and running backs Mike Hart and Joseph Addai are all absent from the team’s offense and safeties Melvin Bullitt, Bob Sanders and a few starting linebackers could also be missing.

Gonzalez and Clark are still out, but Hart, Addai, or Collie could be ready. Tight end Jacob Tamme’s played well in place of Clark and has caught 24 passes over the past three contests for a total of 245 yards along with two touchdowns.

Manning didn’t fare too well New England, at the start of his career, but has done well their lately with wins in his last two games there.

However, Brady’s won 24 regular-season starts in a row at home and is just one off of Brett Favre’s record, which he achieved from 1995 to 98 with Green Bay. Twenty five is the most ever since the AFL and NFL merged back in 1970. New England’s tough at home this season with a 4-0 record and are coming off a 39-26 victory in Pittsburgh last week where Brady threw a season-high 350 yards with three touchdowns, which all ended up in the hands of Rob Gronkowski, a rookie tight end.

Both teams have excellent records over the last 10 years as New England has a record of 133-54 (including playoffs) which is the best in the NFL and the Colts are right behind them at 130-56. We should be in for another treat if Brady and Manning and the rest of their teammates play up to their potentials.

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