Tom Brady Is Better Than Peyton Manning Among Current Active QBs

By Justin Patrick
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The staff of Cover32 released a list of their top 10 QBs in the NFL right now. Again, this is right now, not all time; but even so, there are some changes that could be made.

For starters, Cam Newton at eight? He’s athletically gifted, but is he really the eighth-best QB in the NFL right now? No. Tony Romo at six? Are you kidding me? Romo can put up some good fantasy numbers and deserves to be a starting QB in the NFL, but if a win was needed to save your life, are there really only five QBs you’d take over Romo? Not a chance.

Just for starters, Eli Manning and Joe Flacco should be listed in the top 10 instead of Romo. Ben Roethlisberger (Cover32 has him at number 10) should be ranked ahead of Romo, not four spots behind him. The top five of the list makes sense, except for the order:

5. Andrew Luck
4. Drew Brees
3. Aaron Rodgers
2. Tom Brady
1. Peyton Manning

Luck at five is probably correct, as is Brees at four, but Peyton should be at three, followed by Rodgers at two and Brady at one. Peyton is obviously a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer and he was named the MVP last season, but he didn’t have to deal with being injured (like Rodgers) or injuries decimating his team (like Brady).

In addition, Peyton had the best receiving corps of the three (and one of the best in the NFL) with Wes Welker, Julius Thomas, Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker. Statistically, Peyton had the best season of all time by throwing 55 touchdowns and 5,477 yards, but what Brady was able to accomplish last season was remarkable.

Brady didn’t have two of his favorite targets in Aaron Hernandez (in jail and cut by the Patriots) or Welker (bolted for the Denver Broncos as a free agent last offseason). Another one of Brady’s top targets, TE Rob Gronkowski, started only six games (and played in only seven) last season due to injuries.

Brady took Julian EdelmanDanny Amendola and a bunch of rookies (Aaron Dobson, Josh Boyce and Kenbrell Thompkins) to the AFC Championship game — the Patriots and Brady’s third straight. With that crew of receivers, Brady also threw 25 TDs and for 4,343 yards last season.

It is possible that Peyton could have Omaha’d his way to the same numbers as Brady and the same 12-4 record if he had quarterbacked the Patriots last season, but Peyton has always had outstanding receivers around him.

That’s not to say Peyton isn’t a great, Hall-of-Fame caliber QB, because he is. There’s no doubting that. Rodgers just might be better right now, although he didn’t get a chance to truly show it last season because he got injured and missed some time. I’ve always felt that Brady was better than Peyton and that Brady’s best season (2007) was better than Peyton’s best season (2013), even though it’s an argument that can never and will never be won.

Justin Patrick is a New England Patriots writer for Follow him on Twitter @calling_allfans, like him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.

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