I have friends that get on me for bringing this up. Of course, these are all hypothetical questions. For anyone thinking, “Are you CRAZY?!!”, here’s the one question I want you to think about:
If you wanted to make a playoff run to win a Super Bowl, and you could pick between Eli or Peyton (Forget Archie!!), who would you choose?
My answer is simple…Eli!!! Now, if you choose Peyton, I can respect that, but please don’t call me crazy to pick Eli! Let me break it down before you start whining about Peyton being much better than Eli.
Statistically, during the regular season. There’s no question that Peyton put up some of the best numbers ever. Peyton had eleven seasons where he threw for over 4,000 yards, with 399 TDs and 198 INTS and a career 94.9 QB rating. By contrast, Eli, in 8 seasons has had 3 with over 4,000 yards passing, with 185 TDs and 129 INTs and a career 82.1 QB rating. When looking at regular season stats, keep in mind that Peyton played at least 10 games a year in the comfy confines of an indoor venue. Does this make a difference with stats? Absolutely! In Peyton’s 4 MVP seasons, other than his one in 2009, if you look at 2003, 2004, and 2008, all of his numbers were significantly higher when playing indoors/on turf. In his MVP season of 2003, he had a QB rating of 99.2 indoors, and 92.8 outdoors. In another MVP year in 2004 Peyton’s QB rating was 14 points higher indoors. YES IT DOES MATTER! In Eli’s 2008 Superbowl MVP year, during the regular season he had a QB rating of 80.2 outdoors and 117.3 indoors. Do you think it helps your stats as a QB to play 10 games a year indoors?
Let’s look at the playoffs though. In the NFL, there’s no more important position to win championships than the quarterback. They touch the ball 60-80 times a game. Some have a knack for “delivering in the clutch,” especially when it matters most in the playoffs, at the end of the game. When it comes to the postseason, there’s no question that for the QB the most important stat should be wins. Peyton has a career record of 9 wins and 10 losses in the playoffs, with one ring/Superbowl MVP and one Superbowl loss. In all of those great years of numbers stacked up during the regular season in the comfy confines of a dome, why do the numbers drop off in the playoffs? When it came time to match up with the likes of Brady and Rothlesberger, especially outdoors in the cold and wind, Peyton usually fell short. Eli in his career has 8 wins and 3 losses in the playoffs. He now not only has 2 Rings, but also 2 Super Bowl MVP’s, going head to head in classic down to the wire battles with one of the best ever in Tom Brady! Eli is one of only 3 other quarterbacks in NFL history that have won 2 Super Bowls AND 2 Super Bowl MVPs in their 1st 2 Super Bowls. (Others include Tom Brady, Joe Montana, and Bart Starr) Some QBs find a way to rise to the occasion when the stakes are highest. There’s no question that Eli has proved that he’s a big time clutch quarterback. Come playoff time, when it comes to choosing a Manning QB, I’ll take my chances on Eli getting to the promised land!!!!