Let me start off by saying just because I'm a Steeler's fan, don't think this article will be biased. I will stick to the stats and facts as much as I can.
When people talk about the elite QB's nowadays, usually Peyton Manning is the first one mentioned. If Ben is mentioned people usually say he's almost there or not there at all. I say Ben is right up there with Manning and I have a legit argument to back it up.
Lets first take a look at both players career stats.
Peyton Manning-After 12 years in the league he has 50,128 yards with a 64.8 CP, an average of 7.7 YPA, 366 TD's, 181 picks, has been sacked 215 times, an average QB rating of 95.2, and 54 fumbles with 17 of them lost.
Big Ben- After 6 years in the league he has 19,302 yards with a 63.3 CP, an average of 8 YPA, 127 TD's, 81 picks, has been sacked 242 times, a 91.7 QB rating, and 39 fumbles with 18 lost.
Looking at the stats, it seems that Peyton has the advantage. So you must be wondering why compare them? Because there are some facts that need to be factored in.
Manning has the luxury of playing in a dome, on turf, crowd noise, an excellent O line, and a great playcaller. Big Ben isn't so fortunate.
He has to play on grass outside, in one of the poorest weather conditions of any NFL stadium, behind an O line that allows him to get sacked around 40 times a year, and a stupid OC who doesn't know how to call plays. He also has been in the league half the time of Manning.
Lets also factor in that the Colts have been a passing team for a long time and the Steelers have been a running team till recently. This season should be proof that Big Ben can be a prolific passer when given the chance. And Ben also has 2 rings, a better postseason record, the intangibles, and is also the first QB to win all playoff games and the SB as the 6th seed.
Now don't interpret this as me saying Manning sucks because he doesn't. I think he's an insanely awesome QB who will someday be in the HOF. But to have all this stuff mentioned above and factored in, Big Ben is truly Peyton Manning's equal.