CBS Sports analyst and former New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms is relishing this week's assignment. He will be alongside Jim Nantz in the press box for Sunday's anticipated game between the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots in Gillette Stadium.
Simms shared his thoughts about the game. He noted he's not sure if either team is elite at this stage, but the quarterbacks are so transcendent they've remained atop the standings.
"There is no doubt that it is personal between Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. I was never as successful as either one of them, but even with my limited success I made it personal with many guys I played against. I know others did against me. That is part of the fun."
On how the teams match up:
"There is no question the game this year is being looked at differently than it has in many, many years. I don't think we can say for sure that they are two of the elite teams in the league like they have been for so long. They are two teams dealing with many issues and trying to win a few games and correct those issues as time goes on. It hasn’t turned into a race yet, but it's getting close. The season is getting to the point now where it is time to start getting nervous.
"This might be the first time I have seen Peyton Manning play without a tremendous supporting cast. I was taught that you have to be able to drive the Cadillac and the rental car. He has proven he can drive them all."
On the Patriots' season:
"I don't think I will ever again say that a team is not good enough to turn it around the following year. The Patriots have turned it around with their offense, and a big part of their team, basically overnight. They are playing a little different style and, of course, have done a tremendous job with it. Because of that, they are 7-2.
"A player pointed out to me that it is all wonderful, said and done, but the big thing is they are doing it with Tom Brady. So don't think it's such a miracle. It's a good point. The owner, the general manager, the head coach and the quarterback still remain the same. So it is easy to make these transitions when you have that kind of stability at the top."