Ben Roethlisberger: A Peyton Manning In The Making

Fritzie J. McBritchesContributor IFebruary 12, 2010

PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 27:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers throws a first quarter pass while playing the Baltimore Ravens on December 27, 2009 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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There has been much debate over the past week as to whether or not Ben Roethlisberger is a better quarterback than Peyton Manning.  After analyzing statistics and trends through my last article, I believe they share a similar trend.

Peyton Manning started off slow.  He had the touchdowns, but also had the interceptions.  Through the first six years of his career, his statistics were somewhat mediocre. Ben Roethlisberger's stats through the first six years of his career are not spectacular, but get the job done.

After looking into Ben's stats from last season and Peyton's from his sixth season, they are very similar.  The yardage, touchdowns, and interceptions are around the same numbers.

The only spot that the trend dips is during Ben's 2006 season, which was absolutely terrible.  If not for the motorcycle accident and appendectomy, I believe that the trend most likely would have continued.

From the looks of things, Ben is starting to get more accurate with the football and is beginning to make better football decisions, just like Manning.  Ben has the potential to be great. He has already won two Super Bowls and is an absolute monster in the playoffs.

Peyton Manning started slow and his production increased as he was in the league longer.  I believe that Ben is in that same position and will only get better.  At the age of 27, he isn't even in his prime yet.  Manning's 49 touchdown season indidn't even come until he was 28.  Ben doesn't turn 28 until next month.

Quarterbacks usually don't hit their prime until their late 20's, then it lasts a few years until their mid 30's.  This means that Ben's play will start to pick up next season.  If true, he may be a better quarterback than the great Peyton Manning