if you watched the New York Giants defeat the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, one of the things your eyes probably told you was that Giants' quarterback Eli Manning played very well. In stats released by the team, the traditional method of grading quarterbacks agreed, giving Manning a career-best 145.7 score.
Well, ESPN's new Total Quarterback Rating system (QBR) also agrees that Manning was exceptional in Week 3.
Manning's QBR for Sunday's 16-for-23, 254-yard, four touchdown, no interception effort was 81.2. Only Baltimore's Joe Flacco (87.9) and Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers (81.9) rated better on Sunday. The only area in which Manning was downgraded Sunday was in sacks, where he took three. To be honest, that is something Giants' fans should be fine with. Manning, a season removed from throwing 25 interceptions, seems more willing in 2011 to take a sack or simply throw the ball into the ground when possible rather than try to make an impossible play or just chuck the ball up for grabs. Taking a sack and then punting the ball is better than turning it over.
In the overall rankings, Manning's Sunday performance vaulted him to the the 10th spot overall with a season rating of 64.9 through three weeks.