Waterboarding the data in our Gridiron Gitmo http://www.coldhardfootballfacts.com/Article.php?Page=1107&Category=1 Cold, Hard Football Facts for November 3, 2006 By Cold, Hard Football Facts publisher Kerry J. Byrne Few stories have ever whipped the militant inhabitants of Planet Pigskin into a frothy lather quite like our Complete & Unabridged Guide to Why Tom Brady is Better than Peyton Manning. Nearly two years after Volume I of the Guide was published, and a year after we delivered an updated Volume II, the e-mails about it continue to trickle in, even though itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s buried in the dark, chilly depths of the Cold, Hard Football Facts archives. Some write to say itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the greatest piece of analysis theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve ever read. Others write to make foolish, factless and angry efforts to refute it, like colorblind village idiots screaming that the sky is brown. But there is one thing we never covered in Vol. I or II of the Guide, or in an abridged version we issued last year: Manning plays most of his games in a dome, while Brady plays most of his games outdoors and in cold-weather cities. We didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t think it needed to be addressed. Brady is clearly the better quarterback even without taking the dome issue into consideration. The trolls disagreed. WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve received tons of e-mails over the past year and a half from readers asking us to look at the discrepancy between outdoor and indoor football. In our effort to serve and to protect Planet Pigskin, we waterboarded all the indoor and outdoor data this week in our Gridiron Gitmo. And what we found was shocking. SHOCKING! Are you ready? Brady has a better passer rating than Manning in domes Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ and outdoors! HereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s how the two quarterbacks stack up when we compare them on level playing fields: IN DOMES Games Comp. Att. Pct. Yards YPA TDs INTs Rating Brady 11* 228 342 66.7 2,727 8.0 23 8 103.5 Manning 82 1,787 2,689 66.5 22,025 8.2 175 73 102.0 * Includes a relief effort at Detroit in 2000, the only non-start among all these games for either quarterback IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS Games Comp. Att. Pct. Yards YPA TDs INTs Rating Brady 87 1,709 2,805 60.9 19,399 6.9 129 67 87.0 Manning 62 1,362 2,187 62.3 15,591 7.1 99 67 86.0 The efficiency numbers Ã¢â‚¬â€œ completion percentage, yards per attempt, passer rating Ã¢â‚¬â€œ are remarkably close. At the end of the day, Brady has a slightly better passer rating, mostly by virtue of his superior TD-INT ratio indoors and outdoors. In either instance, as youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll see below, both quarterbacks put up passing numbers at a dizzying, historic rate, whether theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re playing indoors or out. But Manning has played just 43 percent (62 of 144) of his games outdoors. Brady has played 89 percent of his games outdoors (87 of 98). Given a level Ã¢â‚¬â€œ and equally cozy Ã¢â‚¬â€œ playing field, the evidence at hand indicates that itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Brady who would have the gaudier passing stats. By the way, for proof that itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s easier to move the ball in domes than outdoors, take a look at the five most prolific NFL offenses of the Super Bowl Era: 1998 Vikings (34.7 PPG) 1983 Redskins (33.8 PPG) 2000 Rams (33.7 PPG) 1999 Rams (32.9 PPG) 2004 Colts (32.6 PPG) You might notice that four of the five teams Ã¢â‚¬â€œ all but the Redskins Ã¢â‚¬â€œ played indoors. Considering the fact that just six teams play regularly in domes (an additional two retractable-dome arenas have entered the NFL since 2002), itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a highly disproportionate rate of success.