For the eighth straight season, the league's top two quarterbacks meet in Sunday's game between the Patriots and Colts, this time in Foxborough. While both teams are having good seasons and will likely make the playoffs, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning are not playing with the personnel they are used to.
Manning has been without much of his offense, including starting RB Joseph Addai and TE Dallas Clark, having to make the best of his other receivers.
Brady has had to create offense without Randy Moss with added pressure because of the Patriots' woeful defense.
In a battle for MVP, the Patriots and Brady get a slight edge. They are healthier and have been more consistent on offense this season than the Colts. Expect the Pats to play with momentum carried over from a statement win over the Steelers. They should also find success running the ball against the Colts' 29th-ranked run defense.
But the Colts should find success on offense, especially through the air, against the Patriots' pass defense. This one will be high-scoring, but Brady has not lost a regular-season home game since 2006, and that helps give him and the Pats the slight advantage.
Prediction: Patriots 38, Colts 35