The highly-anticipated matchup between Peyton Manning‘s Denver Broncos and Andrew Luck‘s Indianapolis Colts is over. Most expected Manning to absolutely crush his former team with another historic performance, especially after Colts owner Jim Irsay made some inappropriate and uncalled-for comments before the game. However, it was the younger signal-caller who came out on top, garnering a slew of new advocates in the process. So is Luck really better than Manning?
Considering Luck is 24 and in his second NFL season while Manning is 37 and playing in his 16th campaign, that’s hard to say. However, the debate has become more fierce than ever now that Manning 2.0 holds a 1-0 head-to-head record over Manning The Original.
The first part of the debate is which player is better right now. Again, the huge difference in age plays a factor because Manning is well on pace to break every passing record in the book that he hasn’t shattered already. Luck will almost certainly do the same, but he hasn’t yet. However, he’s won far more games than Manning did at this point in his career, so one can argue that make the younger signal-caller the more talented.
The most intriguing part of the debate is Super Bowl rings because Manning only has one while Luck will almost certainly win at least a pair during a career that is expected to end with a Hall of Fame induction. It’s likely that the debate will rage on longer than that, especially if both players end up with one ring and similar stats. But one thing is for certain: this is one of the greatest sagas in the history of sports and we wouldn’t have it any other way.