By Mark Riddle: Former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Farve believes that Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is the most similar quarterback to him that’s played the game due the long careers that both quarterbacks have had in the NFL. Farve played in 20 seasons, most of which were spent with the Packers. Manning, 37, has played 16 seasons in the league with most of the years spent with the Indianapolis Colts before coming over to the Broncos in 2012.
“I know how hard it is to compete for that long,” Farve said to NFL.com. Peyton’s the closest to me in that respect. It’s tough to be good year in and year out, and week in and week out for that matter. I think it’s foolish to say his legacy will be affected at all. I was fortunate to be part of a lot of winners, but it had nothing to do with me and everything to do with the team.”
Farve gives Manning a good chance of beating the Seahawks this Sunday in their Super Bowl game.
“There’s a question in my mind how many points they can actually score against the Seahawks, I just don’t know if Seattle can score enough to support that defense.”
Farve brings up a good point. The Seahawks have a great defense, but their offense isn’t at the same level and they’re going to be in a situation where they might need to score a lot of points to beat the Broncos. If Manning is clicking on all cylinders, then it’s going to be really tough for the Seahawks to keep up with them. This game could very well be a repeat of the Broncos two games against the defensive-oriented Kansas City Chiefs this season. The Chiefs literally couldn’t keep up with Manning and the Broncos, and the games quickly got out of hand.
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson hasn’t been playing especially sharp since the early point of the season for some reason, and he’s never been a great thrower to begin with. Wilson is more of a short yardage passer who needs to compete a lot of short passes in prder to take the team down the field for their scores. He’s not able to get yardage in huge chunks the way that Manning is, and I suspect that won’t change on Sunday. Wilson is what he is, and he’s not going to be able to change his game unless the Seahawks receivers are able to make a ton of yards after the catch.