Brady voted No. 1 in NFL Network's Top 100


Brady voted No. 1 in NFL Network's Top 100

It's a question that's stirred arguments between fans and discussions among football analysts for years. Who's better: Tom Brady or Peyton Manning?

Brady won the latest showdown between the NFL's two first-ballot Hall of Fame quarterbacks as he was selected the No. 1 player in the league by his peers for the NFL Network's Top 100 show. Manning was voted No. 2.

"It's very flattering," said Brady in an interview on the NFL Network after the show. "The thing I love about football is it's a team sport. Ultimately I give all the thanks to teammates past and present."

Brady praised Manning, his longtime rival, saying the Colts quarterback is "the greatest."

"To me," Brady said, "he's the greatest of all time . . . When you watch and learn from the best, hopefully that makes me better."

Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis (voted the No. 4 player in the league) presented Brady, along with Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis (No. 8).

"He's not the biggest, he was never the strongest, he was never the fastest," said Lewis. "He was overlooked; he went in the sixth round. So with that being said, all the intangibles a quarterback is supposed to have, they overlooked with him, because it was burning from the inside of him."

Revis has developed a special appreciation for Brady during his four-year career after playing against the Patriots twice a year in the regular season.

"I think players voted him No. 1 because he's a winner," Revis said. "He has a big heart. He doesn't like to lose. I see it twice a year, I always see it in his eyes. He's a warrior."

Patriots-Steelers injury report: Seven Pats listed as questionable


Patriots-Steelers injury report: Seven Pats listed as questionable

FOXBORO -- The Patriots will head into Sunday's AFC title game with seven players listed as questionable, including three receivers. 

Danny Amendola, Malcolm Mitchell and Chris Hogan have all been limited in practices this week due to their injuries. Amendola has been dealing with an ankle issue since a Week 13 win over the Rams, while Mitchell has not played since injuring his knee in Week 16 against the Jets. Hogan suffered a thigh injury against the Texans and left the game in the third quarter.

Both Hogan and Mitchell indicated this week that they were moving in the right direction in terms of their recoveries. One would think that the Patriots would need at least one, if not both, to help stress the back end of the Steelers secondary this weekend.

Hogan has been the team's most consistent down-the-field threat this season, averaging a whopping 17.9 yards per catch during the regular season. Against the Texans, before his injury, he reeled in four passes for 95 yards. 

Mitchell, meanwhile, had a very productive second half of his rookie season before he was hurt. He compiled 25 catches for 306 yards between Weeks 11 and 16, establishing himself as one of Tom Brady's go-to targets. 

The overall health of the Patriots receiving corps -- which will also include Julian Edelman and Michael Floyd -- will bear watching when the Patriots and Steelers kick off in two days.

The injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Steelers game:


WR Danny Amendola (ankle)
TE Martellus Bennett (knee)
RB Brandon Bolden (knee)
LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder)
WR Chris Hogan (thigh)
WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee)
DL Jabaal Sheard (knee)


TE Ladarius Green (concussion/illness)
LB James Harrison (shoulder/triceps)
RB Fitzgerald Toussaint (concussion)

RB Le'Veon Bell (not injury related)
K Chris Boswell (illness)
LB Anthony Chickillo (ankle)
S Sean Davis (shoulder)
C B.J. Finney (illness)
WR Darrius Heyward-Bay (illness)
DE Ricardo Mathews (ankle)
QB Zach Mettenberger (illness)
S Michael Mitchell (not injury related)
QB Ben Roethlisberger (not injury related)
LB Vince Williams (shoulder)