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Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Welker: No added juice with Peyton in town

By Field Yates

For more than a decade, no quarterback rivalry has generated as much interest as Tom Brady versus Peyton Manning, both among the best signal callers of the modern era.

The two will face off once again this weekend, as Manning's Broncos travel to Foxborough to take on Brady and the Patriots. Despite the anticipation, Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker says he doesn't believe that facing Manning makes the game any more meaningful to Brady.

"I feel like it always matters to Tom," Welker said Tuesday in an interview with "Mike and Mike" on ESPN Radio. "Every game I think he feels like he's going against Peyton Manning. He's a pretty intense guy, and always up for a challenge, and obviously Denver poses that with a good defense. And with Peyton on the other side, they're never out of the game. We've got to make sure we're on top of everything and playing the way we need to."

Welker was also asked if he takes time to watch Manning on the field while facing him.

"A little bit. I'm always kind of watching the game or watching the Jumbotron," he said. "After we've gone through all of our offensive adjustments on the sideline, you'll kind of look up, especially on third downs, check it out to see if we're going to be going back on the field or not. You're really just watching the plays, you’re not really watching one person or anything.

"But Peyton obviously is one of those special players that does a lot of great things out there,” he continued. “Anytime you can get a sneak peek of him working his magic that he does, it's pretty fun to see."

To listen to the interview in its entirety, click HERE.