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QB debate: Breaking down the Romo vs. Eli Manning argument

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QB debate: Breaking down the Romo vs. Eli Manning argument

Post  Big_Pete on Tue Jun 24, 2008 5:14 pm

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QB debate: Breaking down the Romo vs. Eli Manning argument

By Pat Kirwan | NFL.com
Senior Analyst

AP

The Eli Manning vs. Tony Romo debate has been raging over the airwaves this offseason.

The No. 1 debate this spring on my radio show "Moving the Chains" on Sirius NFL Radio has been which QB is better, Tony Romo or Eli Manning?

Cowboys fans contend the argument isn't close, Romo by a landslide. The Giants fans feel the Super Bowl victory ends the debate. Cowboys fans are quick to remind Giants fans that most of the Big Blue faithful were trying to run Eli Manning out of town halfway through the 2007 season. The Giants fans keep asking how can the Cowboys fans be so loyal to a guy who has never won a playoff game? The raging debate has been spirited, to say the least, as fans get emotional. I thought it would be a good time to tag the argument with some facts and figures.

Tony Romo vs. Eli Manning
How the two QBs measured up in the 2007 regular season:

Tony Romo
Att: 520
Comp: 335
Yards: 4,211
TD/INT: 36/19
Rating: 97.4

Eli Manning
Att: 529
Comp: 297
Yards: 3,336
TD/INT: 23/20
Rating: 73.9

Eli Manning and Tony Romo have both played enough in the past two seasons to compare their production. While Romo has been in the NFL longer, Eli Manning has been on the field longer. Some categories can be compared head-to-head while others will be discussed by percentages. My intent is not to direct you to decide which man is the best player, but to help you decide which guy you like more and at least have some facts to back up the opinion in case you run into a Cowboys/Giants argument over the summer.

Let's start at the top and work backward.

The playoff comparison
Eli Manning is now 4-2 in playoff games, including a victory in Super Bowl XLII. Romo is 0-2 in playoff games. Eli Manning has completed 59.7 percent of his passes; Romo has connected on 53.8 percent. Eli Manning has thrown a touchdown pass 1:20.5 pass attempts, Romo has hit pay dirt 1:32.5 attempts. Manning has been sacked 1:13 attempts in the playoffs; Romo has only gone to the turf 1:17 throws. Eli Manning averages 6.8 yards per pass attempt and 11.5 yards per completion. Romo averages 6.0 yards per attempt and 11.1 per completion. Advantage: Manning

Regular season comparison
Over the past two seasons Eli Manning has thrown 1,051 passes to Romo's 857 so there is enough similarity to weigh the results. Eli Manning connected on 57 percent of his passes with 47 touchdown passes and 38 interceptions; he was sacked 52 times. Tony Romo completed 65 percent of his passes with 55 touchdowns and 32 interceptions; he was sacked 45 sacks. Advantage: Romo

Division play
There's not a coach alive who doesn't say your team has to be built to win the division. Since Eli Manning took over as the QB, the Giants have gone 14-10 in the division, winning 58.3% of their games. Romo has gone 6-5 in the division, winning 54.5% of their games. Romo is closing in on Eli Manning but the Giants QB has never had a losing division record in four years, while Romo went 1-3 his first year. Advantage: Manning

Personal stats (last two seasons)
Eli Manning has connected on 69 passes over 20 yards. Romo has done it 73 times in 194 less attempts. As for 300-yard passing games, Eli Manning has just six in his career and three over the past two years, recording a 2-1 record in those games. Romo has hit the 300 mark 10 times in the past two seasons and boasts a 9-1 record in those games. Advantage: Romo

So after this breakdown it is a split decision, but if you like playoff football and division play Eli Manning is the winner. If you like regular season and personal achievements then Romo is the winner.

Tune into my radio show this week and weigh in with your opinion. Maybe a non-Cowboys or Giants fan can bring their opinion to the most heated debate this spring.
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Re: QB debate: Breaking down the Romo vs. Eli Manning argument

Post  56 Crazed Dogs on Tue Jun 24, 2008 7:44 pm

I think that after this season we'll get a better judgement on the two. At this point, I think Romo gets the edge and it really pains me to say that. Evil or Very Mad
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Re: QB debate: Breaking down the Romo vs. Eli Manning argument

Post  Big_Pete on Tue Jun 24, 2008 8:21 pm

I just think this showcased that both are different styles of QBs

Romo is a gun-slinger; whereas Eli is the leader

it will be interesting to see how they compare after the season
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Re: QB debate: Breaking down the Romo vs. Eli Manning argument

Post  NYG Hampton 27 on Tue Jun 24, 2008 9:55 pm

Big_Pete wrote:I just think this showcased that both are different styles of QBs

Romo is a gun-slinger; whereas Eli is the leader

it will be interesting to see how they compare after the season
I'd say that it shows Eli is more clutch than a leader. But i agree, it does show they are very different styles of QBs.

But i think it will take a lot more than one season to tell, I'd say 5-7 seasons down the road will be an ok time to judge.

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Re: QB debate: Breaking down the Romo vs. Eli Manning argument

Post  Pizan on Thu Jun 26, 2008 5:44 pm

If you asked me before the playoffs who I would rather have I would say Romo with out even thinking twice. Ask me now and the answer is the same. Don't get me wrong I like what Eli did in the post season but I didn't forget what he did during the season.
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