Making a Case for Eli Manning as MVP

The NFL’s Most Valuable Player is awarded to QB’s like Eli

Can You Chant M-V-P for E-L-I?  Does MVP and Eli belong in the same sentence? posted an article a week or two ago asking whether or not Eli Manning was a legitimate M.V.P. candidate, which ended with copious comments about how good Eli Manning is not.  ”he’s not the best player on his team” “he sucks” “no way” and a few others some, funny, but most off the point.

First let’s get THIS little thing out of the way, Eli Manning has thrown 11 INT this year which is tied for first in the league with Brett Favre and Drew Brees. Which is THE biggest knock on Eli for this season. He has turned the ball over a lot, which I agree with. Of course, those who do not watch Giants games will place the blame all on Eli which is crazy.

Let’s say a conservative 5 INT are the WR’s fault. That would give Eli Manning 11 TD and 6 INT (which would make his passer rating near 100 Kyle Orton has similar numbers (to what Eli would have if he were not to have so many tipped passes and his rating is above 95, not 88.3 like Eli’s rating) and would end this conversation, but I’ll continue on.

But I think it’s crazy to consider INT as the only reason why Eli Manning can’t be considered an M.V.P. Candidate. Let’s take a look at some other statistics, and then you tell me if he’s a Candidate (that’s the key word here, Florio, or whomever it was proposed if he was a CANDIDATE, not the lead candidate or a guarantee, just if he was a candidate).

Passing yards per game

Right now Eli Manning is averaging 255 yards per passing game which is 7th in the league, but is only averaging 34 throws a game which is 14th most in the league.

He’s throws the 14th most passes per game, but averages the 7th most yards.

The only player averaging more yards per game but throwing less is Tony Romo, who is sixth in yards per game.

Completion percentage.

He  has completed 65.7 percent of his passes or fifth highest percentage in the league. Peyton Manning has completed 65.9 percent of his passes.

7.5 yards per pass attempt which is fifth in the league

14 touchdowns which is fourth in the league in 7 games.

Phillip Rivers is ahead of Eli by one touchdown, but has not had his bye week yet (and plays in the god-awful A.F.C. West).

Drew Brees is 2 ahead of Manning, but has played in all 8 games.

Peyton Manning is one ahead of Eli and has also played in 7 games.

So really Peyton Manning is the only player who is averaging more touchdowns per game.

Plays of more than 20 yards

Eli Manning has 28 plays of more than 20 yards, which is third in the league behind Phillip Rivers and Kyle Orton

And his other negative stats (which is basically a TD to INT ratio stat) is his passer rating which is 88.3 and 14th in the league (Seneca Wallace is 13th which looks awful).

Lastly, Eli Manning and the NY Giants are 5-2 in the league and in first place in their division.

Which can not be said about Phillip Rivers team who is having an impressive STATISTICAL season and while he has played great the Chargers have faced a lot of defenses which are allowing him to throw the ball because they have been behind in a lot of games.

So is Eli Manning an M.V.P. Candidate?

You decide and tell me your thoughts.

Obviously Peyton Manning is one, Phillip Rivers will be one with his huge statistical season, who else: Drew Brees?

Aaron Rodgers (less wins and Eli is besting the Almighty proclaimed QB in all important statistical categories, including QB rating (even though I think QB rating is vastly overrated), completion percentage, TD and wining percentage)

Adrian Peterson?

Clay Matthews?

Who? Who’s been so great this year that 99 percent of fans at profootballtalk find it blasphemy that Eli Manning might be considered an M.V.P candidate (not the winner) at this point in the season?

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