By Bo Kidd
Ok, so I know it’s been a while since we’ve wrote anything on here. I feel like this is one that I have to write about. I am a die-hard Tennessee Vols fan and have always been a Peyton Manning fan. Yes he was out this year and had no shot to win a Super Bowl, but who better could that trophy have went to this year?
Granted Super Bowl XLVI was possibly the best Super Bowl since Super Bowl XXXIV when the Titans and Rams locked up for one of the most dramatic games in Super Bowl history. I am very glad to see younger brother Eli come out of Indy and the “House His Brother Built” with the Lombardi Trophy, but now I have to state something that I didn’t think I would ever have to state. Eli Manning has now surpass his brother for a spot in the Elite QB’s club for next season.
I know that this is something that people will look at and say, “Are you kidding me? He doesn’t throw nearly as well as his brother.” Yes, that is true, but let’s take a look at the numbers over the past few seasons since both have won Super Bowls.
Peyton is a 4-time NFL MVP, a 5-time All-Pro selection, an 11-time Pro-Bowl selection, and the Super Bowl XLI MVP. Since the 2006 season, Peyton has led his Colts to a 61-19 record in the regular season and a 6-4 postseason record with one Super Bowl victory. Peyton has only taken the Colts past the first round of the playoffs twice since 2006. He has thrown for 17,589 yards since 06 with 155 touchdowns and 68 interceptions on 1,913 completions in 2,877 attempts. He has been sacked 75 times in that time span. Plus you have to remember that Peyton did not play a down in the 2011 season.
Now for younger brother. Eli is a 2-time Pro-Bowl selection, the Super Bowl XLII MVP, and the Super Bowl XLVI MVP. Since the 2006 season, Eli has led his Giants to a 57-39 record in the regular season and a 8-2 postseason record with two Super Bowl victories. Eli has only taken the Giants past the first round of the playoffs twice since 2006 (both Super Bowl victories). He has thrown for 22,774 yards since 06 with 155 touchdowns and 103 interceptions on 1,902 completions in 3,167 attempts. He has been sacked 153 times in that span. Remember Eli played 16 more regular season games in this span.
Now if you look at the numbers, you say “Where is your comparison coming from? There should be no question that Peyton is the better of the two.” That’s where you look at where it counts. In the postseason since 2006, Peyton’s numbers look like this: 260 completions on 397 attempts, 2,927 yards, 14 touchdowns, 11 interceptions. Here’s Eli’s: 209 completions on 338 attempts, 2,403 yards, 17 touchdowns, 5 interceptions.
When it comes down to the time where you need them most, Eli has proven time and time again that he is who you want in the backfield running your offense. That’s a hard thing for me to say, but it is very truthful. It seems as if Peyton has a hard time coming through in the clutch, but Eli thrives on it. He makes it count when everyone is watching.
This coming season, if you ask me who my Elite QB’s are, I have to say:
5) P. Manning.