Who’s Better – Peyton or Eli?

Dec 4, 2008

Player A
230 completions in 371 attempts (62.0%)
2624 yards
19 TDs
8 INTs, 2 Fumbles
91.3 Passer Rating
194.3 Fantasy Points

Player B:
281 Completions in 445 Attempts (63.1%)
2948 yards
19 TDs
12 INTs
85.3 Passer Rating
207.1 Fantasy Points

When you look at the numbers it is hard to differentiate the two Mannings.  Knowing the Giants propensity to pound the football on the ground, it’s probably obvious that Player B and his 74 additional passing attempts is Peyton.  Considering how much his team utilizes the ground game, Eli’s numbers are very impressive.  We’re talking a little more than a point per game difference.  This is with his #1 wideout Plaxico missing games to suspension, injury, and gunfire.  Just knowing how much he counted on Plaxico last year, it’s pretty amazing to think Eli is having an even better season this year.

When you look at the success their respective teams are having you can’t help but side a little with Eli.  A year after Tiki Barber left, the Giants had to deal with Michael Strahan retiring.  Then Osi Umenyiora goes down.  Jeremy Shockey gets dealt.  Plax plays in just ten games.  How have the Giants responded?  How about by going 11-1?  They have won seven straight after being tripped up by Cleveland.

The Colts have had to deal with a lot of injuries this year as well.  Bob Sanders, the heart and soul of their defense, has missed several games.  Jeff Saturday, a key cog in their Offensive Line, has missed several games.  Joseph Addai missed a couple of games. Even Peyton himself was a little shaky to start the year as he missed so much time to his Bursa Sac injury.  Yet, if the season ended today the Colts would be in the playoffs thanks to their five-game winning streak.

So to answer the question, which Manning is better…Peyton or Eli?  Prior to the Giants playoff run I would have you committed for asking that question.  While my answer remains Peyton by a slim margin, Eli has really narrowed the gap.

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9 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. CK0712
    December 4th, 2008 at 9:40 am #

    Archie, those boys learned everything from that man!

    A Manning bowl would have been something to see, that’s for sure!! However, like you said above…….Peyton by a hair!!

  2. LestersLegends
    December 4th, 2008 at 9:47 am #

    I think they learned what not to do. They are both far better statistically than their Pops. Of course, Archie played on some BAD teams.

  3. CK0712
    December 4th, 2008 at 9:59 am #

    stat wise yeah they are better. i don’t think they would be the QB’s they are today, had it not been for him though. Eli is coming into his own. that kid took alot of flack & some of it deserved…good topic to blog about lester’s!!

  4. LestersLegends
    December 4th, 2008 at 10:03 am #

    CK – Yeah, I’m sure not only the genes, but the knowledge he shared with them. When you try to pick your team, you open yourself up to some heat. Although, John Elway and Kobe Bryant didn’t seem to.

  5. wassup471
    December 4th, 2008 at 10:13 am #

    Interesting question! I’d have to say Peyton, still, and he’d be the quarterback I want on my team if we’re in the NFL playoffs. I really think the Giants win because of their D and ground game, and Eli in the beneficiary of that. Peyton’s had to do more with less support.

  6. CK0712
    December 4th, 2008 at 10:15 am #


  7. LestersLegends
    December 4th, 2008 at 10:20 am #

    I would still rather have Peyton in the playoffs, but I’m not sure I agree about Peyton having less support. The Colts have a pretty darn good cast of characters.

  8. Larry Novak
    December 4th, 2008 at 10:32 am #

    I would say Peyton right now by a slim margin. But lets see in a few Years how it comes out. But then again when they talk about best QBs of this era the Answer just may end up being Jay Cutler. But that is a a debate for later.

  9. LestersLegends
    December 4th, 2008 at 10:34 am #

    Cutler may end up better, but I could see him having a Marino type career without a ring.

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