It could be argued that no position has changed more in the NFL’s history than the tight end. Once primarily a sixth offensive lineman who would catch the occasional pass, tight ends have become key cogs on offense.
While each of these future Hall of Fame quarterbacks has downplayed the rival aspect of their star-crossed careers over the years, Peyton Manning vs. Tom Brady is one of the greatest individual rivalries in the history of sport.
Fresh off of clinching its first playoff berth since 2002, Oakland returns home to face Indianapolis, a team that is still in the postseason conversation. The Raiders (11-3) now have their sights set on an AFC West title, while the Colts (7-7) must win (and get plenty of help) to maintain any hope of winning the South.
A little over a month ago, it looked like a lost season for Indianapolis after the Colts were walloped at home 30-14 by the Chiefs in Week 8. But since that loss, Indianapolis has come alive, winning three out of its last four, their only loss coming at the hands of the Steelers on Thanksgiving night, in a game that quarterback Andrew Luck did not play in due to a concussion.
As football fate would have it, the Green Bay Packers keep on helping the Indianapolis Colts. It was exactly one month ago the Colts crept within a win of .500 with a 31-26 victory over the Packers at Lambeau Field.
The last time Tennessee Titans beat Indianapolis, Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota wasn’t even enrolled at the University of Oregon yet, he was still a senior at Saint Luis School in Honolulu. For the past six seasons, the Titans have been tormented by their AFC South rival, stuck as the division’s little brother since the height of the Peyton Manning era.