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Eli Manning’s Greatness!!!???

I am the ultimate Eli Manning apologist and I was having a conversation with a friend about the difference between Eli Manning and Tony Romo and what he was saying was that Tony Romo has Superior athletic abilitly and potential, but that Eli Manning is a proven ‘winner’ (this is from a Cowboys fan, by the way) and that was not a knock.

He said it was like comparing Kevin Youkilis to Evan Longoria in the vein that Longoria has the potential to be a Hall of Famer while Youkilis is a winner, an irreplaceable part of his team and a productive player.

And was wondering what you guys thought about that comparison?

My intial response is that Eli Manning’s numbers are under-rated and I’ve said this before that Eli Manning had a 95.3 QB rating last year with 14 Touchdowns and 4 interceptions outside the division. Whereas Big Ben had under a 50 QB rating last year against N.F.C. East teams to try and show that Eli Manning’s numbers could be higher playing in a different division.

I’ve also done a study on this site that compared Eli Manning’s numbers at home in December to away in December to show that consitently year after year it’s had an impact to show that the weather in Giants stadium also hurts his numbers.  

An aggregate over his entire career will also show that Eli Manning’s QB rating is 5 points higher at home than it is away, which does include his 2004 and 2005 years which were not great.

The Only other stat I came across today while just looking around for a few minutes was a stat from pro-football they refer to as “Big Games”

A “Big Game” is any game in which a Quarterback has 300+ passing yards or 4+ pass touchdowns.

Since 2005, Eli Manning has 9 such games. During that time period his record is 6-3 with two of the losses coming during his first full year as a starter in 2005.   The only other loss came to the hands of Dallas the first opening game 0f 2007.

I’m not sure this statistic shows much you would expect the team to win if a player has a big game, but it also could indicate that (especially for a team like the Giants) that the defense wasn’t playing well which forced the Giants to pass more than they would like.  I just thought I’d show this that Eli Manning just wins all kinds of games. Grind ’em out, high scoring, running games, ball control games, defensive battles.

His record (including 2004 and 2005) as a starting QB 42-29. His record discounting his rookie season (1-6) is 41-23. 

His College numbers are superb.

His career numbers include 10,119 passing yards (fifth on the SEC career list), 81 touchdown passes (third on the SEC career list), and a passer rating of 137.7 (tied for sixth on the SEC career list) and he finished 3rd in the hesiman voting his senior year  (wikipedia)

He also tested off the charts-especially his wonderlic.


My question to you guys is, is my friend Right?

Is Eli Manning Just a Winner.

Or Am I right?

Does Eli Manning STILL have a high potential to become a HOF caliber Quarterback in the league?


Here is some other great readings to do.


The Ten Giants We Can’t afford to Lose.

5 Keys to Beating the Bucs

In Depth Giants-Buccaneers Game Coverage


As always, leave a comment and we’ll get back to you.


And have a nice day, everyone.


Go Big Blue!

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One Response to “Eli Manning’s Greatness!!!???”

  1. Jeremy says:

    Your posts are mucho enjoyable. Keep it up.

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