Dobson happy to be on this side of Brady-Manning

Dobson happy to be on this side of Brady-Manning
November 22, 2013, 5:45 pm
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FOXBORO -- Peyton Manning versus Tom Brady: Which quarterback is better?

The question is one of the NFL's most debated over the last decade. They are among the league's all-time elite, and whenever the two clash on the gridiron, offensive excellence is promised.

As cornerback Kyle Arrington noted Friday: "I don't want to say [it's] 'another game' because obviously it's Peyton & Tom Week. Guys don't need to be motivated at all."

Rookie receiver Aaron Dobson feels lucky to be apart of such a showcase.

"I'm excited. I'm very excited to be a part of this. We've got two great quarterbacks, you know, in Tom and Peyton. Just to be on the field and contribute is a great feeling."

The 22-year old's quarterback choice is probably considered a default, but he insists it's sincere.

Brady all the way.

"He's a great quarterback, he's a great leader. He took me under his wing when I first got here and taught me a lot. He's definitely a coach on the field so I respect him a whole lot and I'm glad to be on the same team as him."

Dobson will have a unique Patriots experience in playing for the underdog. Though Brady holds a firm 9-4 advantage over Manning in their series history, Denver will march into Gillette Stadium Sunday as the best team in the AFC.

When laying weapons down side by side, the fight looks unfair. Four Broncos have 500-plus receiving yards so far this season. New England has one in Julian Edelman. True, Dobson is just behind with 492, but that fact lessens Denver's dominance in the passing game by hardly a fraction.

There is something to be said for dependability and consistency. Edelman is the only Patriots receiver to play all 10 games. New England's passing game numbers have been hurt by injuries to Danny Amendola and tight end Rob Gronkowski. There's also that matter of the team's most reliable receiver, Wes Welker, shipping out during free agency. To Denver.

The situation is not bleak for New England. Gronkowski is back and looking closer to 100-percent. Amendola has also returned. Dobson is just starting to hit his stride.

And, of course, there's Brady.

"It definitely feels good to have everybody on the offense healthy, out there practicing. It just feels like we're taking the next step," Dobson asserted. "We've just got to go out there, execute, and do our thing."