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thCA366R0V Eli Manning vs. Peyton Manning: Who fears who more?Peyton Manning vs. Eli Manning.  The elite vs. the pro bowler.  The one time champion vs. the two-time champion.  Who fears who more? This has become our modern-day era, which came first the chicken or the egg?, age-long question.  Just like everyone assumes it was the egg, everyone assumed it was Eli that feared big brother Peyton.

What if it was the chicken that cames first?  What if Peyton Manning fears Eli Manning?

When Eli Manning hit the scene in the draft of 2004, there was a lot of speculation on Eli Manning fearing Peyton Manning.  The San Diego Chargers originally held the rights to the overall first pick in the 2004 NFL Draft due to their 4-12 record in 2003. With Manning being the most coveted player in the draft, it appeared that the Chargers’ intentions were to draft him first overall. However, Manning stated publicly that he would refuse to play for the Chargers if drafted by them. The Chargers selected him with the first pick overall nonetheless as the team had a deal in place with the New York Giants, whereby the Giants would draft and then trade Philip Rivers and draft picks (used to select Shawne Merriman and Nate Kaeding) to the Chargers for Manning.  Which showed us out the gate that Eli Manning was fearing to play in the same conference as his brother.  Peyton Manning was in the AFC, Peyton was establishing himself as one of the best quarterbacks in the league and had made real contenders out of the Indianapolis Colts.  If that doesn’t smell like Eli was in fear, then I don’t know what would.

College Careers:

Eli Manning

Passing Rushing Season Team GP Rating Att Comp Pct Yds TD Int Att Yds TD 2000 Ole Miss Rebels 6 117.4 53 28 52.8 337 3 2 7 4 0 2001 Ole Miss Rebels 11 144.8 408 259 63.5 2,948 31 9 31 9 0 2002 Ole Miss Rebels 13 125.6 481 279 58.0 3,401 21 15 39 -120 2 2003 Ole Miss Rebels 13 148.1 441 275 62.4 3,600 29 10 48 -28 3 Career Ole Miss Rebels 43 138.1 1383 841 60.8 10,286 84 36 125 -135 5


Peyton Manning

Tennessee Volunteers Season Passing Rushing Comp Att Yards Pct. TD Int QB Rating Att Yards Avg TD 1994 89 144 1141 61.8 11 6 145.2 21 -28 -1.3 0 1995 244 380 2,954 64.2 22 4 146.5 41 6 0.1 0 1996 243 380 3,287 63.9 20 12 147.7 42 -131 -3.1 0 1997 287 477 3,819 60.2 36 11 147.7 49 30 -0.6 0 NCAA Career Totals 863 1,381 11,201 62.5 89 33 147.1 153 -183 -0.6 0


Not only was Eli Manning’s college career second-rate at best, to Peyton Manning, but when you add in what Peyton Manning had already done by the time Eli Manning was drafted, I can’t blame Eli for being scared and refusing to play in the AFC.


Peyton Manning’s NFL stats:

Year Team Games Starts Wins Passing Rushing Rating Comp Att Pct Yds YPA TD Int Att Yds Avg TD 1998 IND 16 16 3 326 575 56.7 3,739 6.5 26 28 15 62 4.1 0 71.2 1999 IND 16 16 13 331 533 62.1 4,135 7.8 26 15 35 73 2.1 2 90.7 2000 IND 16 16 10 357 571 62.5 4,413 7.7 33 15 37 116 3.1 1 94.7 2001 IND 16 16 6 343 547 62.7 4,131 7.6 26 23 35 157 4.5 4 84.1 2002 IND 16 16 10 392 591 66.3 4,200 7.1 27 19 38 148 3.9 2 88.8 2003 IND 16 16 12 379 566 67.0 4,267 7.5 29 10 28 26 0.9 0 99.0 2004 IND 16 16 12 336 497 67.7 4,557 9.2 49 10 25 38 1.5 0 121.1 2005 IND 16 16 14 305 453 67.3 3,747 8.3 28 10 33 45 1.4 0 104.1 2006 IND 16 16 12 362 557 65.0 4,397 7.9 31 9 23 36 1.6 4 101.0 2007 IND 16 16 13 337 515 65.4 4,040 7.8 31 14 20 −5 −0.3 3 98.0 2008 IND 16 16 12 371 555 66.8 4,002 7.2 27 12 20 21 1.1 1 95.0 2009 IND 16 16 14 393 571 68.8 4,500 7.9 33 16 19 −13 −0.7 0 99.9 2010 IND 16 16 10 450 679 66.3 4,700 7.0 33 17 18 18 1.0 0 91.9 Career 208 208 141 4,682 7,210 64.9 54,828 7.6 399 198 346 722 2.1 17 94.9

With Peyton Manning averaging over 4,000 yards, 30 TDs/15 INTs, and a QB rating of over 90 every season he was in the league leading up to Eli Manning joining the NFL, I can’t blame Eli Manning for going to the NFC.

Then everything changed during the 2012 free agency frenzy.  Peyton Manning had almost every team licking at their chops in hopes to get a shot at who was referred to as the biggest NFL free agent of all time.  A handful of teams were very open about it, worked him out and were willing to give up almost everything for the opportunity to get his services.

One of the front-runners were the San Fransisco 49ers.  A team that had one of the best defenses the prior season.  A team with a couple really good backs.  A team that has Randy Moss, Mario Manningham, Vernon Davis, Ted Ginn Jr. and Michael Crabtree and was looking for a real quarterback.  The catch on him selecting the 49ers, the San Fransisco 49ers are in the NFC.

Instead of going to the 49ers, which would have been instantly favored to not only make the playoffs, but favored to be the 2012-2013 Super Bowl Champions, Peyton showed signs of fearing Eli Manning.  Instead of reviving the San Fransisco 49ers – New York Giants rivalry, Peyton Manning showed us he was yellow and choose to go to a mediocre AFC team.

With one brother refusing to play in the AFC to play his brother on a regular basis, while the other brother refusing to play in the NFC to play his brother on a regular basis, you start to wonder if they really think people only want them to play against each other in the Super Bowl or how much do they fear each other.  I don’t buy the they only want to play each other in the Super Bowl ( Peyton Manning is not on a team that is Super Bowl ready and Eli Manning is not that good), but I bank it on they are scared of each other.

Now that both bother have shown us they fear each other, the only question that is left is, who fears who more? Eli Manning or Peyton Manning?



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