Okay, here's my first honest thought: Peyton Manning is a better quarterback. I know I'll get trashed for saying this, but it's true.
- Manning has more yards, more TD's, and more pro-bowls. However, he has more INT's and less SB wins (but also has never lost a Super Bowl).
- Both have future Hall of Fame coaches; one was a cheater who taped the others' plays so he knew what defense to call, and the other was a clean guy who won fair and square. You know who is who, but either way they're both going to end up in Canton some day.
Then we get to the defenses:
- The Patriots have a better defense than the Colts, hands down... and that's no argument. The Colts have had Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis as dominant players on D. On the other hand, the Patriots have had Richard Seymour, Tedy Bruschi, Mike Vrabel, Vince Wilfork, Rodney Harrison, and Asante Samuel over the years and that combination could be the best defense of the decade.
So Peyton has won more regular season games without a dominant D, unlike Brady, who has had an excellent D.
- Manning has had Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne, and Dallas Clark; all superb. Brady has had Deion Branch, Benjamin Watson, Randy Moss, and Wes Welker; some superb. So they both had exceptional receivers.
Then we get to Adam Vinatieri. He has won 2 Super Bowls for the Pats. Brady has won 1. Vinatieri didn't win Manning's Super bowl at all nor has he had Vinatieri in his prime as Brady did. I know that Jan Stenerud is the only pure kicker in the Hall of Fame, so I think they're due for one, and who better than Adam Vinatieri, the best clutch kicker of all time?
In conclusion, Manning has the stronger arm and is more accurate. Brady is more mobile and better in the playoffs. The thing that I just can't tell is: which is better in terms of their leadership of their teams? Both are just unbelievable leaders that strive their teammates to do better. There are many factors that go into who is better, but overall I think that we should all know that Manning is a better quarterback.