Manning’s terrific, and it’s hard to bet against him, but he just hasn’t been great in the playoffs, that one Super Bowl win notwithstanding. I don’t know the reason for that; maybe part of it is that he feasts on lesser teams during the regular season.
Oh, Gil. So much is wrong with this:
- That "one SB" that Brandt cites was just the twelfth best of Peyton's playoff career, whether by QB rating or AY/A. Incidentally, when the Colts won their title, Peyton had one of his worst postseasons, throwing three touchdowns against seven picks.
- Did you know Peyton's QB rating in the playoffs (88.4) is better than Tom Brady's (87.8)? Neither did I, and it's likely safe to say Gil doesn't either.
- It's true that Manning struggled early in his playoff career. But those problems are ancient history, and should no longer be the definition of him as a postseason player.