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Eli Manning By The Numbers

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What exactly is is Eli Manning? That has always been, and will likely always be, a source of discussion -- and maybe even controversy, for fans around the NFL. The New York Giants PR Dept. this week put together some terrific numbers in regards to what Manning has done this far in his career.

Without a whole lot of comment I thought I would simply share much of the raw data.

Manning has started 112 consecutive games, and only Brett Favre (297), Peyton Manning (208) and Ron Jaworski (116) have started more consecutive games at quarterback. Here is how Eli stacks up.

THROUGH 112 STARTS

Name

W-L

Att.

Comp.

Yds

TD

Int

Rate

Brady, Tom

88-24

3,693

2,334

26,772

199

87

93.1

Brees, Drew

61-51

3,820

2,451

27,735

181

104

90.3

Brunell, Mark

62-50

3,447

2,081

24,724

138

83

85.6

Collins, Kerry

59-53

3,777

2,114

25,020

129

125

73.9

Hasselbeck, Matt

62-50

3,600

2,169

25,205

156

100

84.3

Kitna, Jon

46-66

3,847

2,317

25,845

147

137

78.2

Manning, Eli

66-46

3,643

2,131

25,268

173

121

81.7

McNabb, Donovan

73-39

3,681

2,167

25,238

171

78

86.4

Manning, Peyton

66-46

3,880

2,464

29,442

216

120

92.3

Simms, Phil

65-47

3,377

1,830

24,257

150

127

76.3

Favre, Brett

76-36

3,826

2,360

27,366

216

119

89.1

Jaworski, Ron

60-52

3,032

1,613

20,887

141

120

74.1

A few notes:

  • Among the active quarterbacks - including Collins, who is on injured reserve - Manning is tied for the third-most victories (with his brother).
  • Compared to Simms' 112-game stats, Manning has thrown 266 more passes, has 301 more completions and 1,011 more yards - and has one more victory.
  • If Manning continues to post numbers at his present pace, he will establish both career bests and franchise records in several categories:

    Category

    Career High

    2011 (Projected)

    Attempts

    557 (2005) 568*

    Completions

    339 (2010) 359**

    Percentage

    62.9 (2010) 63.1**

    Yards

    4,021 (2009) 4,778**

    Touchdowns

    31 (2010) 30

    Interceptions

    10 (2008)*** 14

    *Would tie the team record set by Collins in 2001.

    **Would set a team record. Manning owns the marks for completions and percentage (339 and 62.9, both in 2010) and Collins holds the yardage record with 4,073 in 2002.

    ***Career low for a 16-start season.

Here are a few more Giants' passing records Manning will establish before he is done with his career.

Attempts
1. Phil Simms 4,647
2. Eli Manning 3,652

Completions
1. Phil Simms 2,576
2. Eli Manning 2,134

Yards
1. Phil Simms 33,462
3. Eli Manning 25,334

Touchdown Passes
1. Phil Simms 199
2. Eli Manning 173
2. Charlie Conerly 173

Interceptions
1. Charlie Conerly 167
2. Phil Simms 157
3. Eli Manning 121

Most 300-yard games:
21 Phil Simms
18 Eli Manning

Without any doubt, the statistical comparisons are not entirely valid because of the different eras in which Simms and Manning played.

Whatever you think of his imperfections, though, the stats also show something many people are loathe to admit. He will go down as the best quarterback the franchise has ever had, he Giants are lucky to have him, and they will miss him when he is gone.