Early forecasts suggest the Patriots and Broncos are the cream of the AFC's crop entering 2013, which could set up another postseason matchup between the two veteran quarterbacks.
Brady has three rings and Manning has one of his own as well, but which has a better shot at procuring another? Chris Mortensen, Mel Kiper, Jr. and Trent Dilfer debated that topic for a recent ESPN SportsCenter "On The Clock" segment (video above).
Kiper gave the edge to Brady, slightly, and noted that losing Elvis Dumervil will have a big impact on Denver's defense. The panel agreed that the health of Danny Amendola, Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez will be critical to the Patriots' chances in 2013 and beyond.
Mortensen believes Manning has the better shot, noting the superior perimeter receivers he has (which should help Wes Welker be even more effective on the inside) and the track record of recent time missed from the aforementioned trio of Patriots targets.
With Brady and Manning under center, Mortensen, Kiper and Dilfer agreed that both of these teams should be a factor in the AFC come January.