It’s the fourth quarter with 2 minutes left and your team is down by 3. Who do you want leading your team down the field? Many would be quick to scream “Tom Brady” or “Aaron Rodgers”, which is easy to do. They are two of the best quarterbacks in the NFL and anyone would want them on their team. But neither hold the best passer rating in the fourth quarter. Going into the game, Eli Manning did, with a passer rating of 119.3 in the fourth quarter. He improved his rating to 121.7 in the fourth quarter following the win against New England.
Eli Manning is currently playing the best football of his career. I don’t stand alone on that
opinion either, Justin Tuck agrees. Without wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, running back Ahmad Bradshaw and center David Baas, the Giants beat the Patriots in New England, where Belichick had won 20 straight regular-season games. Brady, who missed most of the 2008 season with a knee injury, had not lost at home in his previous 31 regular season starts.
At the beginning of the season, Eli was asked if he believed he was an elite quarterback. He answered “yes.” He was scrutinized by many analysts who believed he was not in the same class as Brady or the other elite NFL quarterbacks.
But where does Eli sit among current quarterbacks? He is a Super Bowl MVP, one of the best fourth quarter quarterbacks in the game right now, and just went into New England and beat one of the best quarterbacks in the league. He currently sits behind Brady and brother Peyton in wins as a quarterback, and has started the season at 5-2 or better since 2004.
As a team, the Giants have suffered their setbacks, historically falling apart in games following Halloween weekend. Regardless, Manning, who is coming off of a 25-interception season is matching his actions with his preseason words and making his case as an elite quarterback.
With seven weeks remaining in the season, and a murderous five-game stretch, we will truly see if Eli is the elite quarterback he claimed he was.