Eli Manning and 4 Infuriatingly Inconsistent NFL Quarterbacks

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Eli Manning and 4 Infuriatingly Inconsistent NFL Quarterbacks
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Eli Manning played like an elite quarterback while leading the New York Giants to a championship last year, but he has struggled often this season.

As the most scrutinized position in sports, the NFL quarterback has his every move analyzed under the microscope. 

In many instances, this highlights inconsistencies among several top passers who are a few unheralded mistakes away from reaching superstar status.

You know what you're getting from the top tier of quarterbacks. Drew Brees recently set the record for most consecutive games with a touchdown pass, and Tom Brady is about to break it.

After a year removed from the game, Peyton Manning has returned as the same steady force. His 204 passing yards last week, which resulted from the Denver Broncos running early and often, represented a season low.

Reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers has not thrown more than one interception in a game since the 2010 NFC Championship.

These guys are as reliable as they come. But below the premium class rests a group of quarterbacks who play brilliantly at times but poorly on many other occasions.

Eli Manning leads this class of up-and-down signal-callers. He outplayed Rodgers and Brady en route to his second Super Bowl ring last winter, but he's still prone to eye-gouging mistakes that leave New Yorkers wondering if they're watching Mark Sanchez.

These five quarterbacks frustrate NFL fans with unrealized upside stunted by stints of mediocrity.

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