Will there be another Brady-Manning rivalry?

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Tom Brady and Peyton Manning recently reunited, more than three years after Manning won the last installment of their rivalry. Since then, we’ve been waiting for another rivalry of that type to emerge.

It hasn’t. And perhaps it never will.

The planets lined up perfectly for Brady and Manning to develop a relationship that resulted in 17 contests in the 15 years that their careers overlapped. Both played for teams that dominated their divisions, ensuring that they’d play each other virtually every season. By making it to the playoffs so consistently, they also increased the chances of crossing paths in the postseason.

Other quarterbacks will have a hard time doing that. It’s a given that they need to be roughly the same age. If they’re in the same division, however, the quarterback rivalry easily will take a back seat to the broader rivalry between the teams. Also, they become less likely to meet in the postseason, where quarterbacks rivalries take on greater significance.

But whether it’s Russell Wilson vs. Cam Newton (which briefly seemed like it could become the new Brady-Manning a few years ago) or Patrick Mahomes vs. Baker Mayfield or Mahomes vs. Deshaun Watson or Watson vs. Mayfield, their teams need to dominate in their divisions the way that Brady’s Patriots and Manning’s Colts/Broncos did.

Currently, that’s going to be hard to do. There are simply too many good teams in both conferences, and Brady continues to be the only guy with a clear chance to continue to win his division every year. And it’s clear that, with Manning gone, Brady has no real rival.

44 responses to “Will there be another Brady-Manning rivalry?

  1. Kelly vs Marino was the best. That of course was back when you had 5 teams in a division and it was tougher.

  2. You mean the Manning nephew- Cooper?
    He’s in the 8th grade.
    No sweat. 8 years of HS and College Ball.
    Cooper gets drafted.
    Brady will be waiting.
    Bring it on.

  3. With the best cerebral qb out of the game and the best Method qb writing his last chapter, I doubt there will be another of both…

    Cerebral qb sure.. sooner or later there is bound to be another brilliant mind at qb playing it like a chess match BUT the way coaches get hired/fired every few years makes it almost impossible for another qb to be in the same system nearly his whole career to get the execution down to instinct, reflex and reaction time that so little thinking is involved..

    I think these 2 were just unique in how they played and just so happened during the same time period!

  4. How about Jared Goff and Carson Wentz? If both develop into top quarterbacks, they can have many meetings in the future because they are from the same conference.

  5. Probably not, but not for lack of talent. It was the longevity, B and M played at the highest level for over a decade. It was fun to watch.

  6. Brady will be done in a year or 2. There is the factor of injury or just not getting the job done, or perhaps a championship this year and he hangs it up.

  7. Reading the article it jumps out that there could be the seeds to grow a three way rivalry at some future point. That would be awesome so lets hope.

  8. …There are simply too many good teams in both conferences, and Brady continues to be the only guy with a clear chance to continue to win his division every year. And it’s clear that, with Manning gone, Brady has no real rival….
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    I guess we will get a better read on the Chiefs situation this upcoming season given some of the personnel character turmoil they have had, but I still think Mahomes is the real deal and who is going to challenge Mahomes and the Chiefs anytime soon in the AFC West?

    The Chargers? They might be pretty good for another year or two, and Rivers has had a fine career, but there is still something underachieving about his career, and he has been largely a post-season bust in spite of his impressive showing one post-season when playing on an injured knee.

    The Broncos? They had a short window when Von Miller and Peyton were at their PEDs cheating heights, but I have my doubts they can re-open that window anytime soon.

    The Raiders? Ummm, no.

    So Mahomes and the Chiefs look good for the foreseeable future, and maybe Andrew Luck and the Colts can stop underachieving for a few years and make that a competitive rivalry for 5-7 seasons.

    Of course, Belichick and Brady may not be going anywhere for another decade or so, and therein lies the rub.

  9. Its gonna be Trubisky vs whoever…..Goff,Wentz…Wilson is still a young guy….but I see Bears/rams for the next 15 years for NFC championship games…..Bears winning them all plus 10+ superbowls…..

  10. People forget nowadays that the supposed first half of the Brady-Peyton rivalry was no rivalry at all at 0-6 – it wasn’t until 2005 that Peyton finally became a serious match for the Pats. Up til then folks used to seriously wonder if Peyton could ever win “the big game” or get the Brady/Patriot monkey off his back. Then for just 5 more years, until Peyton’s injury, it truly was a great rivalry. Then afterwards it was different at Broncos, with Peyton soon fading that was mostly about Wade’s D for a couple of years. So it was really just a 6yr rivalry, not the 17 or so people count nowadays.

  11. On what planet did “Brady own Manning?” Maybe initially, but not as time went on, and Manning ended up with the best head-to-head record when it mattered most, in AFC championship games.

  12. ^And even in the midst of those 6yrs Brady was out for 2008 (ACL) and then spent 2009 coming back, so it was really just a handful of years of true rivalry.

  13. How about Wilson and Rogers. The NFC Championship game where it went into OT, the fail mary game, and each team has destroyed one another. GB is the only team that has picked Wilson off more than twice in one game and they’ve done it twice not just for two picks, but for a total of 9 in two games. But Wilson has the better overall record. Rogers and Wilson have both won just 1 superbowl.
    Sure Rogers might be in the twighlight of his career but Wilson is in the midst of his prime with basically a brand new team on the rise. I see these two in multiple showdowns to come.

  14. Manning got to switch teams and pick a team with a great defense at a time when his team was rebuilding. He avoided the rebuild drag. Brady has played through the rebuilding years for the Pat’s. You know…the 12-4 years when they didn’t win the Super Bowl?

  15. First you have to have TWO All World QBs playing at the same time. Cam isn’t that, Neither is Wilson. Mahomes might be, but who will he face every year, reg and post season, that’s as good as he is??? We’ll have to see what develops with the newer guys?

  16. lanman11 You forget that Manning was CUT by the colts so they could start the rebuild with Luck. He didn’t just “switch” teams.

  17. Kelly vs Marino was the best. That of course was back when you had 5 teams in a division and it was tougher. That rivalry that yielded zero sb wins between them yes that was memorable lol

  18. On what planet did “Brady own Manning?” Maybe initially, but not as time went on, and Manning ended up with the best head-to-head record when it mattered most, in AFC championship games. On A little mud ball called earth where brady has won 6 sb rings and counting!

  19. Over time a lot of these young QB”s are going to dominate the ratings in head to head matchup’s. Guys like Mahomes, Mayfield, Darnold, Kyler Murray, Watson, Wentz etc. One match-up i’m very much looking forward to is Kyler Murray vs Russell Wilson because of their similar styles and both teams playing in the NFC-W. Being that Wilson turns 31 in Nov & Murray is just under a full decade younger at 21 (22 by week 1) Wilson will be declining just as Murray enters his prime.

  20. When Manning retired there was a void of great QB play outside of TB, Ben, Rogers, Ryan, Brees and Wilson. Now with the influx of the RPO QBs ( Newton, Mahommes, Goff, Watson, Mayfield, Jackson, Murray) and Darnold, Allen and Rosen the NFL is exciting again.

  21. It was a great rivalry. Almost every season for almost two decades, two teams were legit super bowl contenders from training camp through their very last game. They had to go through each other to win it all.

    Brady is more accomplished at the end of the day but you knew Brady / Manning was gonna be a showdown every year.

  22. Mayfield will be in the CFL soon so no, he won’t be a rival!

    As for the future, I see a Brady/Manning/Paisley collaboration with State Farm. Can Tom sing?

  23. There is enough history in those Seattle vs Green Bay games to make them more than the game by itself. The Fail Mary alone is enough to make GB fans want revenge forever.

    Then you throw in the NFC Championship where somehow Russell Wilson had one of his worst games throwing 4 interceptions but then straps the team to his back in OT and calls the audible for the long bomb TD walk-off victory.

    The pain for GB was palpable. Knowing they almost got to another SB…but Russell was clutch when it mattered.

    That is still a great rivalry for sure with two very highly regarded QB’s.

    I still think it’s funny that the “Fail Mary” happened to Aaron Rogers being that he seems like the guy that does it to other teams the most.

  24. Colts won a bunch of games in the 00’s and were fun to watch, but in what really matters, Brady’s accomplishments far outweigh Manning’s. If nothing else, all of Manning’s one-and-dones render the “rivalry” meaningless.

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