My weekly column was on the debate about whether Eli Manning or Ben Roethlisberger is the best quarterback to come out of the 2004 draft.
Our friends at ESPN Stats & Information offered two takes on this discussion. Bobby Greenhalgh is taking Roethlisberger:
Over the past two seasons, when Roethlisberger has been under duress or hit while throwing, he has an NFL-high (among 40 qualified quarterbacks) 55.9 completion percentage and eight touchdowns, tied with Michael Vick for the most in the league. Roethlisberger has also excelled on third down. He leads all qualified quarterbacks with a 97.3 Total QBR on third down this season, much higher than Manning’s 52.2. Roethlisberger has thrown six touchdowns and no interceptions on third down.
Evan Kaplan is siding with Eli Manning:
Manning has thrown 20 touchdown passes in the fourth quarter over the past two seasons, more than any other player in the league. He has continued to improve with his fourth-quarter performance over the past three seasons, increasing his Total QBR from 34.6 in 2010 to 84.9 this season, which ranks fourth among qualified quarterbacks. Manning has also shown the ability to win on the road. Including last postseason, when Manning led the Giants to two road wins, he is 10-4 away from MetLife Stadium and has a Total QBR of 68.5 on the road.
So who do you think is the better quarterback: Roethlisberger or Eli Manning? Record your vote and send me your reason why by dropping me a note in the mailbag. Your comment could be used in a blog post Friday.