Was Matt Schaub better than Peyton Manning in 2009?

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I was reflecting on the AFC South in 2009 and remembered the outstanding season Matt Schaub had. I also remember the Indianapolis Colts and Peyton Manning going to the Super Bowl. So I wondered, Who was the better QB in 2009?

Matt Schaub threw for 4,770 yards with 29 TDs and 15 interceptions. He finished the year with a very good 98.6 QB Rating.

Peyton Manning threw for 4,500 yards with 33 TDs and 16 interceptions. He finished the year with an almost identical QB Rating of 99.9.

Matt Schaub had a slightly higher average yards per catch of 8.2, while Peyton Manning had 7.9.  Not a lot of difference in these numbers.

Here is why I am leaning toward Matt Schaub as having the better year;

Peyton Manning had Dallas Clark and Reggie Wayne. Matt Schaub only had Andre Johnson.

Matt Schaub was hit 92 times and sacked 25 times. Peyton Manning was hit 44 times and sacked 13 times. Does that make Peyton a better QB or Matt Schaub worked under harder conditions?

Matt Schaub had less weapons, was under more pressure and still put up numbers to equal or better Peyton Manning. In my book, Matt Schaub had a better year personally. Peyton Manning had a better year as leader of a team.

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