Tiki Barber says Eli Manning is better than Peyton

Tiki Barber says Eli is better than Peyton. Uh, what?

7/18/13 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

January 27, 2013; Honolulu, HI, USA; AFC quarterback Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos (18, left) shakes hands with NFC quarterback Eli Manning of the New York Giants (10, right) after the 2013 Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium. The NFC defeated the AFC 62-35. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY SportsFormer Giants running back Tiki Barber loves to tell people what he thinks about the NFL. Even when it's an insane opinion that is only shared by Giants homers and people who have never actually watched a football game in their entire life.

On his radio show, he said that Eli Manning is better than his brother Peyton. Seriously.

"The expectation was that he was never going to be Peyton. I remember having these conversations with people who watched Eli in college, saying, 'He's good, but he's never going to be Peyton, he's not Peyton.' Guess what? I think he's better than Peyton. Because of clutch. What matters in sports? It's winning and losing. You get to the stage and what do you do? Eli's gotten there, and he's won."

I'm all for criticizing Peyton Manning. I love doing it. And I can't deny that Eli has put together some outstanding games when it counts. I'm done doubting Eli Manning. He's a hell of a QB.

But Peyton Manning is, without any shred of a doubt, a far better quarterback than his younger brother Eli.

If you're one of the people who simply look at the sheer number of Super Bowl rings and judge a QB solely by that single number, then it might be easy to look at Eli and say that he's better than Peyton. After all, he has two rings. Peyton has one.

If you're an intelligent football observer, it's easy to say that Peyton Manning is the better of the two brothers. And it's not even close.

Peyton has more than twice as many touchdowns as interceptions, with a 2.09 TD/INT ratio. Eli's ratio is a modest 1.46. That's not bad, but it's not even in the ballpark with elite QBs like Peyton, Tom Brady, or Aaron Rodgers.

Peyton averages a half yard more per passing attempt than Eli. That may not seem like a lot, but when you're talking about an extra half yard with every single attempt, it adds up quickly.

5.6% of Peyton's passes end up in the end zone, while 2.7% of them are intercepted. Compare that to Eli, whose percentages are 4.7 and 3.2, respectively.

Last but not least, Eli owes his Super Bowl rings to some incredible catches by his receivers as well as one of the game's best defensive lines in recent memory.

Sorry Tiki (and Eli), but Peyton is absolutely the better Manning. And that's not up for debate.
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7/18/13   |   Jess   |   34636 respect

Tiki Barber is a crazy person. That said, even Peyton said that he believed Eli would be the better QB. Maybe he's a crazy person too.

I think even after they've retired 30 years from now it'll be a debate on which brother was better. You're right - if Peyton doesn't get another ring the majority of media and fans will say Eli because that's what so many people base it on. I think in a team sport there's a lot more that goes into it, so I don't quite understand that mindset. Sure, Eli has proven to be better (or maybe more accurate) clutch, but there have been times that Eli has had more help from his team than Peyton in pretty big situations.