|Posted on January 14, 2014 at 9:30 PM|
The NFL's official twitter account recently posted a picture of Peyton Manning and Tom Brady's Pro Bowl teammates at the skill positions.
- Manning: Marshall Faulk, Edgerrin James, Joseph Addai, Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne, Demariyus Thomas, Ken Dilger, Dallas Clark and Julius Thomas.
- Brady: Troy Brown, Randy Moss, Wes Welker and Rob Gronkowski.
The problem: They did not include Corey Dillon, who is well known for having made the Pro Bowl in 2004 with the Patriots.
It's almost inconceivable that the NFL's official Twitter account could make such a humiliating error. This has led some to speculate whether or not the NFL is intentionally trying to make this Sunday's matchup between Manning and Brady appear more even than it really is. A predictable move -- considering the postseason revenue at stake.
The contrived argument has often been that Brady has done more with less -- a point quickly disproven as Brady's career QBS, QBA and QBP figures are very distant from Manning's. It can be argued that Brady has done "much less with less" but even then, it's tough to argue that Manning has had all that much more support.
Marshall Faulk played one season with Manning in 1998. Edgerrin James and Joseph Addai benefited greatly by playing in Manning's offense -- where defenses frequently played nickel-plus coverages, leaving open holes for running backs to run through. Addai was selected to one Pro Bowl while Manning had the greatest season in QBR history. Addai would later become the driving force behind the Colts 31st ranked (in efficency) rushing attack in 2008 -- Manning's 3rd MVP season.
Edgerrin James led the league in rushing in 1999 and 2000 -- only the Colts as a team ranked 19th and 16th in rushing.
One stud back does not make up for a shallow backfield, but the "name recognition" will lead many to believe that Manning benefited from more support than he did.
Manning's offense has sent six different pass catchers to the Pro Bowl -- 18 times.
- Marvin Harrison: 8x
- Reggie Wayne: 5x
- Demariyus Thomas: 2x
- Julius Thomas: 1x
- Dallas Clark: 1x
- Ken Dilger: 1x
- 2013: 5.0 (12-4)
- 2001: 7.0 (11-5)
- 2003: 8.0 (14-2)
- 2004: 9.0 (14-2)