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Five to fear: Manning, Brady, Moss, Smith, Gates

The NFL's truly elite players don't need individual statistics to validate their impact, Mike Sando writes.

Originally Published: October 7, 2007
By Mike Sando | ESPN.com

Unwilling to face Peyton Manning on conventional terms, the Denver Broncos recently named both starting defensive tackles inactive, opting instead for a line featuring four defensive ends.

That is respect.

After watching Randy Moss average close to eight receptions per game this season, the Cleveland Browns enlisted everyone but Romeo Crennel to defend against him Sunday.

Moss finished the game with only three receptions for 46 yards, but no player beyond ...

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