Manning vs Brady

Another week in the NFL approaches and the focus is set firmly on one game, the Broncos are being hosted by the Patriots for one of the greatest rivalries in sports.

Manning vs Brady has had 15 previous games, with Tom Brady leading with 10 wins to Manning’s 5. Sundays match up may prove the best opportunity Manning will ever have to take a victory over his long term rival, sporting a fantastic supporting cast on all three phases of the game. Brady has struggled with a weak offensive line early in the year, but with a much improved protection after week 4, Brady has been Tom Terrific.

In their last four respective games, Manning and Brady have combined for 28 touchdowns, 2,588 yards and a passer rating of 128.2. Since Week 5, they are the league’s top two quarterbacks in passing touchdowns, completion percentage and passer rating.

On paper, Manning has a much easier task, playing an easier defence and having a superior run game to back him up, but as previous match ups have shown, these match ups can go either way.

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Madden 15

Madden games have generally been very similar game to game, with additions so small that the change hardly noticeable. However the change from Madden 25 to Madden 15 is impressive to say the least, it’s still probably not worth the extra £45/$55.

The biggest improvement to Madden 15 is the physics of the game, players fall properly, most of the time collisions are correct and there isn’t too much morphing. Linebackers no longer perform superman jumps to stop every bullet pass over the middle, instead they bat down balls that are relatively close to them and you won’t feel like it has happened unfairly.

Defence logic has been improved. The A.I. seems to adapt much better to what you are working on to try and stop you. The game generally feels like there is more of a challenge playing against the A.I. though there are times of frustration with A.I. on your team not being as logical on you would hope. This is mainly noticeable when you are locked into the QB position, computer controlled running backs will look to bounce outside rather than gain a tough yard or two through the middle, even when its 3rd and short. A frustrating issue that could have a simple patch fix.

A BIG missing piece of Madden 15 is any form of online team play! There was few modes I would rather play on Madden games than playing WITH friends. Playing head to head is fun every now and then, but playing together was… just… fun! I am extremely disappointed with no team play on Madden 15, my friends and I wanted to do a connected franchise playing on defence together, but that will have to wait at least one year longer.

Madden 15 Ultimate Team has been improved in my opinion too, normally I’m not one to play MUT due to the microtransaction hell that is required to win, but the game gives you players and its not as hard to gain coins like it normally is, I’m still not a massive fan on MUT, but, it has got my attention this time.

Finally, the little things have been made easy! Audibles and hurry up offences are much easier to perform. The matchup advantage bar is a great feature to help those who don’t know all the players and want to play quickly. Practice/training mode is very good and gives new players a great understanding of how to play the game and what various concepts mean.

Madden 15 is well worth the money, the improvements make the game much more fun to play! For the first time since I started playing Madden games (Madden 09), I feel like they have finally made a big step in game improvements and not just minor graphics and old features re-imagined. Good job EA sports, go for 2 on the run!

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Big Day of Sport

Normally the big day of sport happens once a year, this is when multiple major sporting events happen in one day. It brings a great excuse to get your friends together for the whole day, place some friendly bets and prove your worth with your know how across sports.

WHAT IS IT: Monaco GP Qualifying

This weekend starts with the Monaco GP qualifying, the most important part of the Monaco GP. Formula 1 has been a bit processional this year, with Mercedes running away with the championship having won 5 out of 5 races. This has been mainly down to a superior engine over their rivals.

WHY WATCH?

Monaco may pose their biggest challenge of the season as Monaco doesn’t reward an engine like other tracks. Throughout practice Red Bull and Ferrari have been much closer than at previous events. Expect a Mercedes Pole, most likely from Hamilton with a possible Red Bull splitting them. It will be an exciting Q3 and also, its Monaco, it just looks brilliant.

WHERE TO WATCH:

Sky Sports F1, Coverage starts at 12 p.m. Qualifying starts at 1 p.m.

WHAT IS IT: Championship Play Off Final

Derby take on QPR in the Championship Play Off Final, in a straight out winner takes all duel

WHY WATCH?

Play Off finals are always very competitive. Derby are looking for their first win and promotion since 2007, QPR are in their first play off final at this level, but they face an issue due to poor financial issues. The winner will get promoted and gain around 50 million. Players are likely to play extremely passionately as for a lot of them it will be their chance to play in the Premier League. It will also likely be the biggest games of their career so far.

WHERE TO WATCH:

Sky Sports, Kickoff at 3 p.m.

WHAT IS IT?

Champions League Final, Real Madrid are looking for title number 10

WHY WATCH?

Real Madrid have some of the finest players in football, most of the time they play a beautiful game and its very special to watch. Athletico Madrid are La Liga champions this year and have blown away Real Madrid and Barcelona. Hopefully we will see a great Madrid Brawl in Lisbon and typical Spanish theatrics won’t be a talking point post game. This game has potential to be a classic

WHERE TO WATCH

Sky Sports, Kick Off 7.45 p.m.

Its rare that 3 great events happen on the same day, it promises to be a great to for sport, get your friends over, it could be a classic!

WHAT IS IT?

NBA playoff game 2, the Indiana Pacers visit Miami Heat.

WHY WATCH IT?

The number 1 Pacers meet the number 2 and reigning Champions Heat. Whenever you get the top team playing the second best in any sport you would expect a pretty epic game. Miami Heat have one of the best teams in NBA history, you could end up watching history being made. Why else would you want an excuse to watch basketball, its fast paced entertainment. Its a late start so consider recording it!

WHERE TO WATCH?

Sky Sports, 1.30 a.m.

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