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Gene Wang
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Gene Wang

A sports staff writer at The Washington Post

Peyton's Place Ahead of Eli


Both Mannings have a Super Bowl ring and a Super Bowl MVP award, but that's where the similarities end. For many reasons, Peyton is by far the superior quarterback.

First, Peyton has a clear numbers advantage. He has led the league in passer rating and passing touchdowns three times. The only category Eli has led the NFL in is interceptions, with 20 last season.

Manning has been to eight Pro Bowls and is a three-time first-team All-Pro. Eli has never been to a Pro Bowl or been named All-Pro.

Second, Peyton has durability. Behind Brett Favre's ridiculous record of consecutive starts is Peyton, who has started 180 straight regular season games. He has not missed a single start in his 11-year career.

Third, Peyton has the wins. His career winning percentage is .650, and over the past three season Peyton has 39 regular season victories. Eli's career winning percentage is .580, and he has 29 victories over the past three seasons since becoming the Giants' full-time starter.

With Peyton, virtually no deficit is insurmountable. Just look at the comeback he helped engineer yesterday against Houston. With Eli, Giants fans more often are praying he doesn't give away the game.

The reality is Eil has only one signature game, that being Super Bowl XLII. Peyton has too many to list. Until Eli proves he can win consistently over time, this one-horse race easily goes to Peyton.

By Gene Wang  |  October 6, 2008; 10:31 AM ET  | Category:  NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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