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John Clayton: Inside The Huddle

12/15/2010

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Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings looks on from the bench while playing the New York Giants at Ford Field on December 13, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan. New York won the game 21-3.

If Brett Favre's career ends with 297 consecutive starts and 71,775 yards, Peyton Manning, who has 205 consecutive games, probably won't need 92 more starts to catch Favre's passing records. Manning is on track to do it by 2014 when he's 38. If he can maintain his current pace of 29 completions, 309 yards and two touchdowns a game, Manning would need just 58 games to catch Favre for completions, yards and touchdowns, and the likely 18-game schedule should assure he does it by 2014.

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Deion Branch #84 of the New England Patriots carries the ball as Aaron Francisco #43 of the Indianapolis Colts chases on November 21, 2010 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.

Patriots wide receiver Deion Branch doesn't have the big-play ability of former Pat Randy Moss, but his friendship and ability to read Tom Brady's thoughts while route running is filling the void for big plays. Two key examples - Branch and Brady caught the Bears napping with a 59-yard completion Sunday as time ran out in the first half. On Thanksgiving Branch was the third read on this play and was supposed to do an in-cut, but instead broke down the left sidelines for a 79-yard score.

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LeSean McCoy #25 of the Philadelphia Eagles runs the ball in the fourth quarter against the Houston Texans at Lincoln Financial Field on December 2, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Eagles halfback LeSean McCoy doesn't have Brian Westbrook around to mentor him this season, but McCoy has followed Westbrook's advice, making him a dangerous back down the stretch. McCoy fatigued as a rookie and finished last season averaging only nine touches and 42 yards a game during the final five weeks. Extra off-season weight training and conditioning has helped him average 19 touches and 136 total yards a game over the past four weeks.

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Donovan McNabb #5 of the Washington Redskins throws a pass against the New York Giants on December 5, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Giants defeated the Redskins 31-7.

The Redskins looked to Donovan McNabb and the Browns looked to Jake Delhomme for veteran leaderships and minimal mistakes, but it's the older quarterbacks who are forcing more interceptions this season. Including 38-year-old Jon Kitna, seven of the eight oldest quarterbacks who started in Week 14 ranked in the top nine for interceptions or percentage of passes intercepted.

Inside the Huddle, John Clayton, ESPN.