It has happened over a dozen times in NFL history and it never gets boring.
Tom Brady versus Peyton Manning is an elite quarterback clash like no other. Two of the best hurlers in the league go to war in a battle defined by precision passing, dramatic finishes and playoff ramifications. The latest instalment in the rivalry is coming up on Sunday, Nov. 24, as Manning’s 9-1 Denver Broncos face Brady’s 7-3 New England Patriots at 8:30 p.m. on NBC.
The Broncos are riding high with their electric offense and have the inside track for the top playoff seed. New England continue to be the toast of their division in spite of a limited talent pool. Sunday’s contest is hard to call because while Denver have momentum on their side, New England are resilient enough to not drop a second consecutive close game. The numbers say Denver should win but the gut instinct points to the Pats rallying at home to win by a field goal.
Sunday’s other notable contest is between the 7-3 Carolina Panthers and the 5-5 Miami Dolphins at 1 p.m. on Fox. In spite of the Incognito scandal, pigskin lovers in the Cayman Islands will be pleased to see Miami maintain realistic playoff hopes. However, the Dolphins are too inconsistent behind QB Ryan Tannehill and Cam Newton’s Panthers are poised for a 14-point victory.
The 6-4 San Francisco 49ers face the 3-7 Washington Redskins on Monday, Nov. 25, at 8:40 p.m. on ESPN in a mildly interesting contest. San Fran is the better overall team but Colin Kaepernick and company need more statement games on offense. Expect Washington’s pourous defense to get lit up in a 17-point Niners win.
Another predictable result should come on Thursday, Nov. 21, when the 8-2 New Orleans Saints challenge the 2-8 Atlanta Falcons at 8:25 p.m. on NFL Network. QB Drew Brees has the Saints rolling and their great form should continue in a a 10-point victory.