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NFL.com has revealed their top 100 players of 2014 and there are some questionable calls in there.

Denver Broncos Quarterback Peyton Manning unsurprisingly tops the list at number one with Detroit Lions Wide Receiver Calvin Johnson in at second.

My first problem with the list however comes in the form of New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady being ranked third.

The Patriots once again made it to the AFC Championship game last season but were never really in the game itself as Denver ran out fairly comfortable winners in the end.

The Patriots had a lot of very tight games last season but two really stick out from the pack, the game against Denver in week 12 where they mounted a terrific come from behind victory.

Arguably the most impressive game however was their Divisional round win over the Indianapolis Colts where they scored five touchdowns - all rushing.

Brady didn't really make his mark that but he didn't need to, the Colts defense were more than happy to accommodate the Patriots runners.

But what was one of their highest moments of the season, become one of their worst where they tried the same game plan against the Broncos and came up very short.

Now to look at 2014, has Brady really done enough to be the third best player?

Well if we exclude positional differences, was he good enough last season to be the second best Quarterback?

Well, when looking at completed passes, total yards and touchdowns, Brady is not in the top three for any last season.

He isn't even in the top 10 for passing touchdowns which is really the only mark on which to measure success.

He is fourth in terms of completed passes and sixth in total yardage but does that put him above players like Drew Brees, Matt Stafford or even Matt Ryan.

Those three alone are in the top 10 for each statistic and Brees in particular is in the top two for each of them.

Brady himself threw 25 touchdowns last season - less than half of the number put up by Manning which granted, is an unfair comparison.

Comparing anyone to Manning last season is pretty unfair, but when you consider the fact that the Patriots reverted to a more rushing offence in the absence of any reliable receivers it makes it more understandable.

Despite their problems last year, Robert Gronkowski's almost constant absence, the departure of star Receiver Wes Welker the summer before, he still managed to guide the Patriots to their third consecutive AFC Championship game.

The fact that Brady lead the Patriots to the Championship game and was ranked as the third best player last season does show how high the standards are.

Perhaps i'm being too harsh on the two-time Super Bowl MVP but I think the Patriots made the Quarterback a bit less influential last year and that given Brady's lesser statistics over some of the other players in the league, he is unworthy of the third best player award.

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