To Eli Manning, he is the same type of elite quarterback as Tom Brady.
Many laughed at the comparison. Critics pounced all over Eli as if he were speaking blasphemy. But let's take a look at the numbers.
Interceptions: Eli, 25. Brady, four.
That is a huge difference. In the end however, football as with every sport, depends heavily on film to improve. Watch Eli throw his 25 interceptions. There is a shared accountability for those interceptions. Eli needs to improve with his offense core, not alone.
What about the other numbers?
Tom Brady's line: 65.9 comp pct, 3,900 yards, 36 TDs and a passer rating of 95.2.
Eli Manning's line: 62.9 comp pct, 4,002 yards, 31 TDs and a passer rating of 85.3.
That is pretty close for two quarterbacks whom critics have been trying to distance since Eli put himself in the same company.
There are questions on offense with the departure of Kevin Boss and Steve Smith. The offensive line is also a concern. That is an understandable debate from anyone doubting that Eli can repeat those numbers.
However, with the trending 3-4 all-out blitz style defenses, there is huge potential for multiple big plays against them. The best of those defenses don't show up on the Giants schedule until the latter part of the season, giving Eli and Co. some time to adjust.