No matter who finds his way into the spotlight, though, he won’t shove aside Lewis or Brady.
Lewis thinks it is an honor to face Manning and then Brady in consecutive weeks. Then again, it’s a necessity if Lewis is going to end his career hoisting the Lombardi Trophy.
‘‘You’re talking about arguably the top two or three greatest quarterbacks of all time,’’ Lewis said. ‘‘So when you go from Peyton Manning to Tom Brady, you’re going from 1A to 1A. It’s not like you get a drop-off.
‘‘I'd back up to the same fact we had last week. Is he going to make plays? Absolutely. But you have to play the whole game. You have to be patient enough to let them make plays and move on to the next play. ... They play chess matches.
‘‘Playing against Brady and just watching him sometimes, you’re always in awe on watching on how good he really is.’’
Better not watch too much, Ray. Or retirement will be at hand.
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