The cold weather does not treat Peyton Manning well. That didn’t change on Sunday night. In the frigid conditions of Foxborough, Massachusetts, Manning struggled to get anything going.
The zip on his ball looked off and he looked heavily affected by the cold and windy conditions. It is a major concern for Manning and the Denver Broncos‘ chances as the calendar flips to December, and ultimately the new year.
One team and quarterback who has proven that they can win rain or shine? Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. Time and time again, Brady has thrived in the most adverse of environments. On the road, in hostile territory, miserable weather conditions — it has not mattered to the great no. 12.
Manning, on the other hand, has not proven to be as effective in miserable conditions. Remember, he played most of his home games inside a dome during his Indianapolis days.
This is certainly something to keep an eye on as the days and months go forward. It seems inevitable that Manning and Brady will meet up in the AFC Championship Game. What is yet to be determined thanks to the Broncos’ major choke job is whether it will be in Denver or Foxborough.
That could ultimately determine who represents the AFC. Both places have one thing in common though: they will both be cold in January. For as great as Manning is, Brady has the leg up in cold and treacherous conditions.