Eli the greater Manning?

Time wonders if Eli’s career year will finally move him out of Peyton’s shadow or just into someone else’s:

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.


Todd Smith

About Todd Smith

Todd Smith is a part-time sportswriter who spends too much time arguing on Twitter. What he really loves is eating poorly and watching football. He got his first Colts t-shirt in 1984 shortly after the Mayflower trucks arrived and has never given up on his hometown team. He also still holds to the belief that Kordell Stewart stepped out of the end zone and thus cheated the Colts.