The guy is amazing. Not only did he set the record for the most career touchdown passes in NFL history, but he also orchestrated (and had his receivers practice) the practical joke of playing keep away shortly after (see video here: http://digg.com/video/peyton-manning-record-ball).
How successful would Peyton have been if he did the following:
- meticulously studied and analyzed his opponents
- used complex machine learning to predict behaviors of the other team
- prepared a play book
- executed every single play in order throughout the entire game
Not very – because football requires responsiveness and constant flexibility.