Is New York Giants Quarterback Eli Manning the New Brett Favre?

Jonathan MaurerCorrespondent IIDecember 14, 2010

DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 13:  Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants throws a second quarter pass while playing the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field on December 13, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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OK, look at the headline and laugh at me for comparing a guy who is as turnover-prone as a quarterback in the NFL to a future first-ballot Hall of Famer.

But when you talk about turnover-prone quarterbacks, who is No. 1 on that list? Well, it has to be the guy who has lost the most fumbles and thrown the most picks in the history of the NFL.

Brett Favre is known as a fearless, tough, competitive gunslinger. Favre will make plays that make you say, "Wow! How in the world did he make that throw?" But he also makes throws that make you say, "Are you dumb or just colorblind—I would know better than to throw that."

That is the way a lot of people feel about Eli Manning.  

He has thrown 19 interceptions this year, but you won't hear too much criticism because his team is 9-4.  

Which proves my point that it is not all about the quarterback, it's about the team. 

This is not the first time that Eli Manning has thrown a bunch of interceptions in a season. In the '07-08 season, Manning threw 23 touchdowns and 20 interceptions. That was the same year that the Giants won the Super Bowl.  

Eli can be a  turnover machine, but he can also make some unbelievable plays. He is almost like a Brett Favre clone. You never know if you're going to get good Eli or bad Eli. It is the same thing with Favre.  

Like Favre, Eli shows toughness. Eli has started 100 consecutive games, which is now second among active quarterbacks. That is impressive, considering that quarterbacks are the most vulnerable players on the field, and it's hard for any player to stay healthy for an entire season. 

Calling Eli the new Favre might be a little overboard to some people, but in my mind it is a fair comparison.