Is Eli Manning in the Same "Class" as Tom Brady?

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Is Eli Manning in the Same
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Eli Manning and Tom Brady approach for the end of game handshake between the two quarterbacks

I know this whole thing happened about a month ago, but I still can't stop thinking about it every time I see Eli Manning on television. He thinks he is in the same “class” as Tom Brady.

Well, let’s dissect this.

Now look, I really don't like Peyton Manning because he has always given the Patriots a run for their money, but you have to respect him as a quarterback. He is one of the best quarterbacks of all time.

Eli, on the other hand, well he simply just sucks.

He won one Super Bowl simply because had incredible receivers (Burress, Smith, Tyree and company), and an even better defense. That, and the fact that the Patriots simply blew it.

And now I don't want to talk about that anymore.

All I want to do is simply compare the two quarterbacks and then we can all wonder what Eli Manning was thinking.

In 2002, Tom Brady had the lowest quarterback rating of his career outside of the 2001 and 2008 regular seasons in which he only started one game in each. His quarterback rating in 2002 was 85.7.

Now let's take Manning's best season based on quarterback rating, in which he gained a rating of 93.1 in 2009.

Well, where to begin?

In Tom Brady's worst season, he threw 601 passes for 373 completions, a completion percentage of 62.1. In Eli Manning's best season, he threw 509 passes for 317 completions, which comes out to a 62.3 completion percentage, 0.2 percent better than Brady.

In his best year, Eli Manning had 14 interceptions, the same number of interceptions that Tom Brady threw in his worst year. Manning also threw one less touchdown in his best year than Brady did in his worst.

Finally, in his best year, Manning averaged only about a yard-and-a-half per reception more than Brady did in his worst. 

In conclusion, Tom Brady and Eli Manning are basically in the same class as quarterbacks when you compare Manning's best to Brady's worst.

Need I say more?

Let me leave you with this: in 2007, Brady threw just eight interceptions in 16 games. The lowest number of interceptions Manning has thrown in 16 games was 14 in 2009. In 2010, he threw 25 interceptions.

The most Brady has thrown in a season is what? Yes, 14. Wow, these stats just could not fit more perfectly.

Next time you want to make a statement like this, Eli, do your research, even if it is only on yourself.



One question to ask: Since Manning feels that he is in the same category as Brady, does this mean he is willing to state that he must also be at least just as good as his brother Peyton?

Finally, Manning is married to a fashion designer. Brady is married to a fashion model. Manning loses again.

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