It's all in the styles.
"They both have different styles," Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase said in perhaps the biggest understatement during a week of hyperbole. "But mentally it sounds like Russell's kind of heading in that direction of what Peyton's done with his career as far as being a very intelligent quarterback and using the tools of his game to his advantage."
But they are entirely different tools, and the question becomes which set of tools will fit the NFL best if it continues to evolve into a light-up-the-scoreboard game?
There will always be a place in anyone's starting lineup for a Peyton Manning, who is in the conversation for greatest quarterback in history regardless of whether he adds a second Super Bowl ring on Sunday. Teams will simply construct their offense around a talent like that.
Whether most teams will stick with convention or choose the route the colleges — the NFL's farm system — have gone, building around mobile, creative and elusive passers such as Wilson, won't be decided by who wins at the Meadowlands. But it could play a significant role in a copycat league.
The evaluation systems won't change no matter what species of quarterback is prevalent in the pros.
"As a talent evaluator for college and even free agency, the toughest thing to evaluate is process," Broncos quarterbacks coach Greg Knapp said. "Can the guy process in the pocket during the heat of battle?"
Everyone knows Manning has had that skill throughout his career, and Wilson has provided strong evidence in his two NFL seasons that he's got it, too.
"Peyton might be one of the best I've ever been around that can process, 'Ok, I've got these tools to use, and in 10 seconds I've got to make a decision, and execute in less than four,'" Knapp added.