I am on record for not caring about the outcome of the MVP as long as Manning doesn't win another undeserved one, but with that said, I think its pretty remarkable to take a look at not just what this offense has done this year, but who it has done it against. Specifically, in the context of the MVP race. I'm going to use Football Outsiders opponent adjusted team defense stats, so that the numbers aren't skewed by either of these guys' production against these teams. I have the rankings listed in parentheses as (PASS DEFENSE RANK, OVERALL RANK). Here is Brady's opposition: - San Diego (3, 4) - Pittsburgh (4, 1) - Chicago (5, 5) - Indy (7, 17) - Baltimore (8, 7) - Cleveland (9, 9) - Cincy (12, 21) - Minnesota (16, 10) - NYJ (17, 8) - Miami (20, 12) - Detroit (24, 23) - Buffalo (27, 27) To summarize, Brady has faced the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 7th, 8th, 9th, and 12th best pass defenses in the league, and faces the 2nd best on Sunday. Yikes. FYI, Green Bay is the 3rd defense overall, as well. Overall, the offense has faced 6 of the top 10 overall ranking defenses, again, with the 7th coming on Sunday. For reference, I'll check Phillip Rivers level of competition, if I had more time, I'd check Manning, but here's Rivers schedule: - Ten (6, 6) - Indy (7, 17) - KC (14, 19) - Oak (18, 15) - STL (22, 22) - Arizona (25, 24) - New England (26, 26) - Seattle (28, 29) - Jax (30,30) - Den (31, 31) - Hou (32, 32) Rivers has only faced two top 10 pass defenses, neither higher than 6th best. Meanwhile, Rivers has faced 6 of the worst 8 pass defenses in the league. Pretty stark contrast.