Banter with Brady the highlight of Mannings' return to "MNF"

Peyton and Eli Manning made their return to "MNF" last night, and they "showed they know when to create space to their guests," according to Josh Peter of USA TODAY. The Mannings were joined on the Saints-Seahawks broadcast by Marshawn Lynch and Tom Brady, and while there was some "good-natured ribbing" of the seven-time Super Bowl champ, they "did a nice job letting Brady talk -- and talk with candor." The Mannings "delivered jokes, insults and insights" in a broadcast that also "featured an f-bomb" from Lynch (USA TODAY, 10/26). In Boston, Amin Touri notes Brady has "long been self-deprecating about his two Super Bowl losses to Eli Manning and the Giants." It came up again last night, as the trio "chatted about the elder Manning’s recent Hall of Fame induction." Brady said: "I enjoyed, much more, the ones I played against Peyton than Eli.” The younger Manning "didn’t miss a beat: 'I enjoyed all our games, Tom'” (BOSTON GLOBE, 10/26). Brady during the telecast said that he was "prepared to dish a lot of dirt on Peyton Manning." Because so many of his Buccaneers coaches used to work on the Colts staff, he "warned his former rival quarterback that he had all the goods on him." In Tampa, Rick Stroud notes there was "some football talk, on how to operate the two-minute offense before halftime and plays in the red zone" (TAMPA BAY TIMES, 10/26).

MONEY MATTERS: YAHOO SPORTS' Jack Baer noted Lynch was his "vintage self," and America was "the better for it." The appearance started with Eli Manning "asking Lynch if he had observed his old pregame ritual of taking a shot of Hennessy." Lynch responded that "he had taken three, one for him and each of the Manning brothers." What "little remained of Lynch's internal censor appeared to short out, as he would proceed to dip into the Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television four different times, including a profane evaluation of the famous helmet catch and a surprised reaction to a flag" (, 10/25). In N.Y., Dennis Young notes as Eli "had to do after giving the double middle finger live during their last game, on Sept. 25, Peyton Manning offered a half-hearted apology" for Lynch's words (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 10/26).

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