Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady Showdown in Week 9
Bovada Staff : October 31, 2014
There are some fine matchups in Week 9. Arizona at Dallas is big in the NFC. Baltimore at Pittsburgh is important in the AFC North, and that’s always a great rivalry game. But let’s not kid anyone: Peyton Manning and Tom Brady are facing off, and that’s going to steal the spotlight Sunday. Denver is a 3.5-point favorite at Bovada, and live betting will be available.
Manning and Brady are lock Hall of Famers and the two biggest stars of this generation. Combined, they have seven NFL MVP Awards. Manning is the +150 Bovada favorite to win another. Brady started the season slow but is surging and is +1000 on that prop.
This will be career regular-season start No. 200 for Brady. He has won more games (154) than any other quarterback in league history through 200 games. Manning is No. 2 with 136.
Manning will probably own every passing record when he hangs up the cleats. He passed Brett Favre’s career touchdown passing record a few weeks ago. The Patriots’ coach Bill Belichick said Manning is the best quarterback he has seen in his 40 years of coaching.
The two quarterbacks will meet for the 16th time. Brady leads 10-5. The Patriots have won eight of the 11 regular-season games in which the quarterbacks have faced each other, but obviously a large chunk of those was from when Manning was with the Colts. The teams split a year ago. New England won 34-31 in overtime at home during the regular season. The Pats were down 24-0 at halftime. Manning threw for
150 yards with two touchdowns. Brady threw for 344 and three scores. Then in the AFC title game in Denver, the Broncos won 26-16. It really wasn’t that close. Manning threw for 400 yards and two scores, and Brady had 277 yards and one touchdown.
Both players are playing at heightened levels right now. Patriots fans panicked when Kansas City clobbered New England 41-14 in Week 4. Brady wasn’t playing well up to that point in the season. There’s no need to worry. In winning four straight games, three in blowout fashion, Brady has completed 74.6% of his passes for 1,268 yards, 14 touchdowns, no interceptions and a crazy 138.5 rating. The Patriots are now +900 to win the Super Bowl and +500 to win the AFC title game.
Denver has also won four straight since losing 26-20 in overtime at Seattle. All four wins have been by at least 14 points. In that stretch, Manning is completing 70.9% of his passes for 1,320 yards, 14 touchdowns and two interceptions for a rating of 127.4. The Broncos are the +250 Super Bowl favorites and even money to win the AFC title for a second straight year.
Both Brady and Manning have 14 touchdown passes and 100 completions in their past four games. Bovada offers some special props for this matchup. Manning is -20.5 passing yards against Brady (both options -115). Manning is -200 to have more touchdown passes, and Brady’s +160. Lastly, Manning is -140 to have more completions, and Brady’s at +110.
The Broncos (6-1) and Patriots (6-2) have the two best records in the AFC, so the winner could hold a huge playoff tiebreaker for seeding purposes and potential home-field advantage in the AFC Championship Game. Bovada offers a prop on whether there is an AFC title tilt rematch, with yes a +350 underdog and no at -500.
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