Therein lies the biggest difference between the Broncos' passing game and New England's. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady delivers a heavy percentage of passes to his slot receiver or tight ends. His top two outside receivers the past three years had just 95 (Brandon Lloyd, Julian Edelman), 66 (Deion Branch, Chad Johnson) and 72 (Branch, Brandon Tate) combined receptions, an average of 78.
Thomas and Decker had 179 last season.
So why is Manning's arm strength so heavily scrutinized while Brady dunks and dinks with relatively little inspection?