Even with his older brother on the sidelines all year long, Manning's stellar performance has, as usual, been overshadowed. Throughout this entire NFL season, QB talk has flooded the airwaves, chat sites, and barrooms. The dissection of Tim Tebow, whose Denver Broncos host the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, has sucked up a chunk of bandwidth. Should Tebow, who has looked terrible for most of games before pulling out fourth quarter heroics, be playing? Should he be praying? Were all those comebacks luck, skill, or a miracle from a higher power? After the Broncos lost three straight games to close the season, is Tebow toast? Outstanding efforts from New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who threw for a record 5,476 yards this season, Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers, the likely NFL MVP whose team finished 15-1, and Tom Brady of the New England Patriots, who also threw for over 5,000 yards, were hot topics. In Eli Manning's own town, the tiresome bluster of New York Jets coach Rex Ryan, and the collapse of his team and Jets underperforming quarterback Mark Sanchez down the stretch of the season, stole the spotlight.
Oh, so Peyton's been holding Eli back. All this time I thought it was his career 82.1 passer rating.
@squirrel Actually, i think it's his penchant for playing like Montana one week and Curtis Painter the next.
It is not factually possible to use the terms "stellar performance" and "as usual" in the same sentence when talking about Eli Manning.
@TrueBlue It's a fun discussion but hardly one with much realistic debate.
I do however find it interesting that he's toiled quietly and has pretty much willed that team into the playoffs. His performance this year is certainly more like that of his brother than ever before.
While this has gone on he's been overshadowed even in NY by the Mark Sanchez controversy.