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NFL Power Rankings: AFC supremacy at stake in Brady-Manning battle


It's Brady-Manning week. Or is it Manning-Brady week?

Call it what you want. I call it greatness.

Anytime the two amazing quarterbacks face off, with both with busts in Canton in their future, it creates a buzz around the league.

When Peyton Manning's Denver Broncos head to New England to play Tom Brady's Patriots this Sunday, it will be the 16th meeting between the two. Brady leads 10-5, but they are 2-2 in the playoffs. Both come in lighting up defenses. In the past four games, Brady has 14 touchdown passes and no picks and is coming off a game with five touchdown passes. His play has vaulted the Patriots into the third spot in my Power Rankings.

Manning's Broncos remain in the top spot here and he has 14 touchdown passes and two picks in his last four games, all victories.

The debate about who is better will live on forever. The Brady faction will say he has the rings. The Manning group will say he has the stats and he's arguably the best passer ever.

I tend to lean toward Manning, even if he doesn't have the rings.

It's close, though.

This week's game might just be the prequel to what's coming later this season since these two look like they're on a collision course to play in the AFC Championship for the second consecutive year.

The winner has the inside track to home-field advantage in the playoffs. This game means something.

Manning vs. Brady or Brady vs. Manning always does.


Pete Prisco has covered the NFL for three decades, including working as a beat reporter in Jacksonville for the Jaguars. He hosted his own radio show for seven years, and is the self-anointed star of CBS Sports' show, Eye on Football. When he's not watching game tape, you can find Pete on Twitter or dreaming of an Arizona State national title in football.

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