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Gene Wang
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Gene Wang

A sports staff writer at The Washington Post

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Peyton Manning deserves to be the starting quarterback for the AFC in the Pro Bowl for many reasons, none of which has to do with him being one of the most recognized faces in the NFL. There's no conspiracy theory here folks, just a quarterback playing at the highest level and almost singlehandedly saving his team's season.

For those who argue Philip Rivers, the league's highest rated passer, should be the starter, consider Manning has a better completion percentage, more yards and more yards per game.

Manning also has flourished over the second half of the season and made Indianapolis one of the most dangerous teams in the league. Meantime, the Chargers are all but out of the playoff picture in a the division where winner may finish 8-8.
Jay Cutler leads the AFC in passing yards, but his Broncos are that division leader in the AFC West that could finish .500. Manning clearly has been the better quarterback ahead of Cutler.

Who else is there? Chad Pennington? Matt Schaub? Does anyone really think those guys are better than Manning just because they are close statistically. When the margins are this slim, you take the guy with the Hall of Fame credentials, the MVPs and the Super Bowl ring. .

By Gene Wang  |  December 17, 2008; 12:58 PM ET  | Category:  Indianapolis Colts , Peyton Manning Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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