RGIII is legit, but Eli is the (Man)ning.
October 25, 2012
The Redskins are relevant again, and Robert Griffin III is a big reason why. On Sunday, Washington came to New Jersey and dominated the Giants most of the game. RGIII completed 71% of his passes for 258 yards and 2 TDs, his last TD came with less than 2 minutes to go in the 4th quarter. He capped spectacular a 77 yard drive, that included a 19 yard completion on 4th & 10 and a 24 yard run, with a 30 yard TD pass to Santana Moss.
In 7 weeks, Griffin has given hope to franchise that hasn’t seen much success in many year. Chocolate City embraces the rookie phenom from Baylor and so far his has lived up to the hype. His elite athleticism, throwing accuracy, leadership qualities, combined with the ability to make winning plays is what makes him special. The ability to make winning plays is what I think separates him from guys like Cam Newton, who put up big numbers but haven’t found a way to win consistently.
Speaking of winning consistently . how about Eli Manning? Many suspected the Giants wouldn’t be able to capture last year’s playoff form that led them to a Super Bowl championship. Despite having a bad day, throwing 2 horrible interceptions in the 2nd half, Eli managed to upstage Griffin’s 4th quarter TD by responding with one of his own 2 plays later. He hit Victor Cuz in stride for a 77 yard catch and run game winning TD.
For the past 1 1/2 year, the younger Manning has been the hottest QB in the league. He has lead the NFL in 4th quarter/OT comebacks in that span. Because of Eli Manning, the Giants are never out of a contest and are primed for another deep playoff run. Despite injuries to WR Hakeem Nicks and RB Ahmad Bradshaw, Manning has still produced. Whether he’s throwing passes to Rames Barden or handing off to journeyman RB Andre Brown the Giants have found a way to win. Eli is the definitive frontrunner for MVP the 1st half of this season. The Giants are 1st place in the NFC East, one of the toughest divisions in football.
The 2nd half of the NFL season surely won’t disappoint. On Sunday we learned that the NFC East matchups will be must see TV for the rest of the year. RGIII is a good for a few ESPN highlights per game. Mike Vick and Tony Romo are very good QBs in their own right, and of course Eli, who has become “Tom Brady/Aaron Rodgers” elite.