Originally posted on The Show Speak  |  Last updated 1/29/12
Ironic, as Super Bowl XLVI Indianapolis becomes the center of the universe this week, the only Manning not in the news is Cooper. 

Eli has led the New York Football Giants to their 2nd Super Bowl in five years, and this one happens to be in Peyton's house, Lucas Oil Stadium. 

Peyton Manning has been the best quarterback not named Brady over the last decade.  The Colts have 141-67 record since 1998 with Peyton barking out offensive plays, while leading them to three Super Bowl appearances.  Peyton has one Super Bowl ring to show for his efforts. 

He was the first pick by the colts in 1998 and has been the starter since draft day 1998. (Until this year's next injury sidelined him for the entire season) Peyton was 3-13 his first year and then proceeded lead the Horseshoe to ten wins or more in eleven out of twelve seasons.  Peyton has four NFL MVP's, 5X All Pro selection and a Super Bowl MVP for all his success.  Peyton's career playoff record is 9-10.

Elisha Manning (Eli) has been a little more of an enigma since being drafter number 1 by the San Diego Chargers in 2004.  Eli (or Dad Archie) expressed no interest in signing with the San Diego Super Chargers and a trade with the New York Giants was orchestrated.    Eli started the 2004 season on the bench behind future Hall of Fame QB Kurt Warner.  After nine games in 2004, Tom Coughlin replaced Warner as the starting quarterback and handed the reins over to Elisha who guided the Giants to a 1-6 record down the stretch. 

Eli led the Giants to a Super Bowl XLII victory over the New England Patriots in 2008.  He has a 7-3 career playoff record including three game winning drives.  Meanwhile, he has only led the Giants to ten plus win seasons four out of eight years.  Eli has matched Peyton's Super Bowl MVP, however, has not achieved All Pro status or been recognized as the league's MVP.

So, Eli or Peyton? 

Head to Head Regular Season Career Numbers:  (Pro Football Reference)
Career Reg. Season Peyton Manning Eli Manning Attempts 4682 2291 Completions 7210 3921 Yards 54828 27579 TD's 399 185 Int 198 129 Record 141-67 69-50

I will save the head to head analysis of the regular season.  Peyton wins in a landslide every year and every positive category.

(Archie, Peyton, Cooper, and Eli Manning - NY Daily News)
 Career Post Season Numbers for the Manning Bros. (minus Cooper)

Career Post Season Peyton Manning Eli Manning Completions 453 190 Attempts 718 316 Yards 5389 2220 TD's 29 15 Int 19 7 Record 9-10 7-3

These numbers tighten up significantly if you are comparing the two.  Each category is a push until you get to wins and losses.  In addition to Eli's superior win-loss percentage, he has three game winning playoff drives to Peyton's one. 
Interesting dichotomy between Peyton and Eli. 
Perhaps, Peyton received the quarterback talent gene, and Eli received the clutch gene? 
Anyhow, if Eli pulls another Super Bowl win over arch Manning nemesis Tom Brady, you can rest assure the debate on which Manning on your team would you rather have heats up the airwaves.
I'll take Peyton...in Arizona....after Jim Irsay releases him via twitter.
Until Next Time,

Craig Turley
@OldNBABalls




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