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Manning Up by BDazzle

There’s a Giant difference between these two brothers-et-arms… and there’s no question who’s going to be Manning the next football dynatsty —  the numbers don’t lie, they Eli.

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/2008/10/07/2008-10-07_experts_say_giants_qb_eli_manning_surpas.html\

Experts say Giants QB Eli Manning surpasses brother Peyton
By RALPH VACCHIANO
DAILY NEWS SPORTS WRITER

Wednesday, October 8th 2008, 12:12 AM 
 
It looks like younger brother Eli Manning may have taken the reins from brother Peyton as best quarterback in the family.

Eight months ago, Eli Manning was the Super Bowl MVP. Now he’s the MVM.

In the battle for supremacy in the First Family of the NFL, young Eli has – at least temporarily – overtaken his older brother as the best Manning in football. Four games into the season, Eli leads Peyton in every significant, quarterback-measuring category. And one quarter of the way through his fifth NFL season, the kid once dubbed Eli the Terrible is suddenly rated the fifth-best quarterback in the league.

“That doesn’t surprise me,” said Marshall Faulk, the former Rams running back and now an NFL Network analyst. “I’ve listened to Peyton talk about his little brother and Peyton says that this kid is something special. You’ve got to believe Peyton Manning knows something about quarterbacks and he’s not just saying it because it’s his little brother.”

It is true that Peyton has been touting the merits of Eli ever since his kid brother was in high school, but it’s only recently that Peyton has truly had to look up at him. Peyton, of course, was watching from a luxury box when Eli won Super Bowl XLII last February, and became the second straight Manning to win the MVP. And now, Peyton is the leader of the 2-2 Indianapolis Colts, while Eli is 4-0 and leading arguably the best team in the league.

Not only that, Peyton – an eight-time Pro Bowler on the fast track to the Hall of Fame – has slipped to 20th in the quarterback rankings. His passer rating of 79.2 not only puts him way behind Eli (99.7), but also behind signal-callers such as Chicago’s Kyle Orton (87.6), Oakland’s JaMarcus Russell (84.9), and San Francisco’s J.T. O’Sullivan (82.2).

“It’s very early and I would never count Peyton out,” said one NFC scout. “But at the moment, it looks like Eli is set up to have the better year.”

 

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Lions’ Mayhew Preps New Pair of Wax Wings by BDazzle
September 27, 2008, 4:49 am
Filed under: Big Talk, Predictions, Rivalries | Tags: , , , , ,

Aiming too high is the downfall of heros, but if Icarus aimed this low would anyone remember him?… Marty Mayhew is about to put his pride is on the line.

(Ed. Note: Pretty sad when your franchise’s #1 goal is to beat a team you beat both times last year while under Matt Millen, and have an impressive record against them in Ford Field.)

5 Questions With Detroit Blogger

http://www.windycitygridiron.com/2008/10/3/627376/5-questions-with-detroit-b

I noticed that after the Millen firing, there seemed to be a team-wide refocus to beat the Bears. First, what’s your prediction of the game, and second, what do the Lions need to do to beat the Bears?

Although I do have a feeling that the Lions could come out and pull off the upset due to all of the recent events, I think the Bears will win by a field goal or so.  Detroit can win if they play a balanced game where they don’t get behind early.  If they can keep it close after three quarters and never get down by more than a touchdown, then this is definitely winnable.  The most important things are that the offense limits its mistakes and the defense doesn’t give up any big plays.  It is expected that Chicago will have a pretty good day offensively as most teams do when they play the Lions.  However, if Detroit can contain Kyle Orton and Matt Forte and put some points up on the board themselves, then this could be closer than many expect it to be.