Eli Manning Colin Cowherd’s Number 2 M.V.P


You read that right.  I was watching Sportsnation on ESPN (or rather flipping through channels and I saw Eli’s picture) and heard Colin Cowherd and the other co host (I know her name is Michelle Beadle, but was not sure on the spelling and I am too lazy to look it up right now) and in a segment they were choosing their M.V.P’s so far this young season.

Now, I must give this disclaimer: that both had completely different lists, which lends me to belive that they took turns choosing different players, so Colin might not have his list set this way if he were doing his own list. Although, they didn’t come out and say that so maybe he really does like the Giants and Eli Manning.


Anyway, Colin’s M.V.P’s so far (in this VERY young season) were:

#3 Adrian Peterson

#2 Eli Manning

#1 Drew Brees.

For those interested in his co-host chose #3 Joe Flacco, #2 Peyton Manning, and #1 The J-E-T-S defense.

If you hadn’t thought about Eli in the M.V.P talk yet (I hadn’t either becuase I hadn’t even started thinking about the M.V.P race for anyone) let me just throw out his early season numbers.

Eli Manning’s Numbers for the Early Season.

59 completions in 91 percent (64.8%), for 747 yards (8.2 yards per attempt) with 5 touchdowns, 1 Intercepetion, 1 sack taken, and only 1 lost fumble and a 104.1 QB rating to go along with a 3-0 record (2 division wins)

So far he’s also averaging 10.3 yards per pass ATTEMPT in the fourth Quarter and holds a 137.5 QB rating in the 4th Quarter this season. He also holds a 117 QB rating in the final two minutes of either half.


Bluntly put, Eli Manning has been great this year, AND most importantly the Plaxico Burress talk has quieted down greatly since the off-season. And thank God for that. I couldn’t take much more of That kind of nonsense.

For me personally Peyton Manning has been the M.V.P.  He’s averaging over 10 yards per pass ATTEMPT, which is amazing. On top of that the Colts are just not a great team on defense or along the OL or running the ball.

Here’s my prediction for now…I also think that we will hear some serious Eli Manning for M.V.P talk after the 5th week of the season after the Giants should be standing 5-0 and Eli should still have some good numbers, but that the talk will die down as the Giants move away from passing the ball much, pounding the rock, letting Eli and the defense win games, and the Giants struggle to throw the ball in the insanely harsh Meadowlands late in the season  and we’ll watch Eli Manning’s numbers tumble back down towards mediocricy while the Giants continue to rack up wins. 


Becuase that’s what Eli Manning does. Wins games, he’s not a numbers guy he will never be a numbers guy, and becuase Coughlin won’t let him light the scoreboard up (for example when they are dominating the Buccaneers and the Giants could have sent Eli back out there in the 4th quarter to rack up huge numbers ala Tom Brady 2007) in blow outs Eli Manning will never get the credit he deserves becuase his numbers will always be average.

I’m gald to hear the early talk though, although it’s very much too premature.

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One Response to “Eli Manning Colin Cowherd’s Number 2 M.V.P”

  1. Andrew Ilnicki says:

    Eli will tell you himself — it’s not about numbers it’s about WINNING GAMES.

    2007 Superbowl — on paper you go with the Patriots without question. In the arena of intangibles, you had to have loved the Giants.

    It’s about seeing the potential in a team and getting them to play their hearts out for you in the final minutes. Eli Manning consistently is able to take that challenge and win the hard games when its all on the line.

    Jake is overrated.
    Tony is overrated.

    Eli is tried and true – and he has become a star.

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