Any time that Tom Brady and the Manning brothers get together, it’s usually content gold. That was once again the case when the Bucs’ quarterback joined Peyton and Eli Manning on their Monday night show “The Manningcast” while watching the Seattle Seahawks host Tampa Bay’s opponent in Week 8, the New Orleans Saints.
The trio, known for some classic games against each other over the years, got into a myriad of topics during Brady’s segment on the show. One of the most intriguing facts was Peyton asking Brady how anyone can stop a Buccaneers offense that is averaging over 30 points a game.
“Somebody one time asked Tony Dungy, ‘Hey, how would you stop Peyton and that offense?’ Tony actually answered the question,” Peyton Manning said. “I was like, ‘Tony, what are you doing?’ So my question to you, Tom, is how do you stop this Bucs offense?”
“Let’s lay it all out there for you guys,” Brady said. “I like a lot of one-on-one coverage to Mike Evans and Antonio (Brown) and Chris Godwin. Do the best you can. I think you’ve got to try to come up and challenge us and get up there and see what you can do and see if you can guard us. I think that’s really been a style that’s successful. I really encourage that.”
Brady and Peyton Manning also have a common acquaintance in quarterback coach Clyde Christensen, who is with Brady in Tampa and spent years coaching Manning on the Colts as well.
Unfortunately for Christensen, the quarterbacks were making good-natured jokes at his expense, highlighting that he’s the next person that should be on the TB12 method for his weight and eating habits.
“Speaking of Clyde Christensen, longtime coach with the Colts, true or false? Clyde’s body is good for TB12 advertising method. True or false?” Manning said. “Is he allowed to wear your T-shits and hats?”
“Are you trying to short the TB12 stock here?” Brady said. “I need to get Clyde some non-packaged food. Too much of what he eats comes in a wrapper and you’ve got to tear it apart. I said, ‘Clyde, just because it’s popcorn it doesn’t mean it doesn’t have calories. You can’t eat eight popcorns in one sitting. You can’t do that. That’s the before picture.”
There have been multiple historic games between Brady, Peyton and Eli over their careers. Brady faced off with Peyton Manning quite often in the AFC during his time with the Patriots and Peyton’s tenure with the Colts and Broncos.
It’s the two Super Bowl match-ups with Eli, though, that many still mention up to this day. Brady has a 7-3 record in the Super Bowl, but two of those losses came at the hands of Eli Manning and the Giants.
Eli Manning didn’t hesitate to bring that up.
“I enjoyed much the ones I played against Peyton than Eli,” Brady said.
“I enjoyed all of our games, Tom,” Manning said.
Brady: "I enjoyed much more the ones I played against Peyton than Eli."
The Manningcast will be on for 10 games this season, including one wild card game in the postseason. With four already completed, another coming next week and the wild card, that leaves four Monday night games available for the remainder of the schedule. While no announcement has been made yet, it would not come as a surprise if Peyton and Eli Manning were on to call Brady and the Bucs’ Monday Night Football home game against Eli’s former team, the Giants, on November 22 at Raymond James Stadium.