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Mark Maske
Staff Writer

Mark Maske

Writes the NFL News Feed blog

It's Still Peyton


There's no question that Peyton is the better quarterback. He always has been and probably always will be. Eli has not demonstrated that he's capable of rewriting the NFL record book the way Peyton did in 2004. We're yet to see Eli put up huge numbers season after season the way that Peyton has done. In fact, we're yet to see Eli put up huge numbers in even one full season. Remember that he was quite average last season before his playoff run. Peyton is headed to the Hall of Fame. Eli might be, also, but we don't know that yet for sure.

So if the question is which has had the better career, it's Peyton. If the question is which you'd rather have if you were starting a team from scratch, it's Peyton. Yes, it's still Peyton.

But if the question is which is in the better position to succeed right now, it's Eli. The Giants are the NFL's best team at the moment. They steamrolled the Seahawks on Sunday even without their best receiver, suspended wideout Plaxico Burress. They've outscored their opponents by 78 points in four games this season. Eli very suddenly became a championship-caliber quarterback during the postseason last season, and he hasn't reverted. He's thrown only one interception all season and right now he's the sixth-rated passer in the NFL, 14 spots ahead of his big brother.

The disintegration of the Colts, who very easily could be 0-4, is taking its toll on Peyton, while Eli is a key cog in a smooth-running football machine at the moment. Yet Eli remains the number two quarterback in his own family. If he happens to win another Super Bowl this season, however, this conversation will get much more complicated.

By Mark Maske  |  October 6, 2008; 10:13 AM ET  | Category:  NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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