Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
Gregg Easterbrook made the argument that Giants quarterback Eli Manning is on pace to surpass his more heralded brother, Peyton. Easterbrook also points out that he once attended the same Super Bowl party in Miami as Peyton and Eli, and says Eli looked miserable. For the record, I attended that party and thought Eli was having a wonderful time.
Four games into his fifth season, Eli is 44-30 as a starter and has a Super Bowl ring," writes Easterbrook. "At the same point in his career, Peyton was 35-35 and had not won a postseason game. In terms of passing stats, the two players are approximately the same. In terms of leadership, Eli won the Super Bowl in his fourth season with a team whose personnel was so undistinguished, not one of the 16 sets of expert predictions ESPN.com ran before the 2007 season even had the Giants making the playoffs, let alone winning the Super Bowl.
On Sunday, both Manning brothers recorded monster wins, and both played well. Eli achieved close to perfection -- he was 19-of-25 for 267 yards, with two touchdowns and no interceptions. His perfect passing made who-dat backup receiver Domenik Hixon look like a star, and his leadership skills inspired the who-dat Giants offensive line -- quick, how many of them can you name without peeking? -- to play like the New England offensive line of 2007. Stretching back to last season, the Giants have won eight straight games, and this season's 127-49 scoring margin over their opponents is spectacular. If football stays popular for a thousand years, Eli's escape from four tacklers on that last-minute Super Bowl scoring drive will always be one of the sport's signature plays. Peyton is great, and a near-lock for Canton. Eli may be bound for the same place, with his bust in a slightly nicer corner.
I'm not sure if wins over the Texans and Seahawks should rank as "monster" victories, but it's interesting to see that Eli is ahead of his brother's pace. Of course, Eli was surrounded by better players than Peyton early in his career.
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