Is Peyton clearly better than Eli Manning on the field?
Not according to former New York Giants running back Tiki Barber. Barber, who co-hosts the Morning Show with Brandon Tierney and Dana Jacobsen on the CBS Sports Radio Network, said on Wednesday's show that he thinks Eli is better than Peyton.
"The expectation was that he was never going to be Peyton. I remember having these conversations with people who watched Eli in college, saying, 'He's good, but he's never going to be Peyton, he's not Peyton.' Guess what? I think he's better than Peyton," Barber said. "Because of clutch. What matters in sports? It's winning and losing. You get to the stage and what do you do? Eli's gotten there and he's won."
Eli has a career postseason record of 8-3. Peyton's career playoff record is 9-11.
Barber, who played with Eli for three seasons in New York, didn't stop there. The former Giants running back also said Eli could be in the conversation for top-five quarterback of all time if he has a couple more successful seasons.
"For Eli to crack the top five of all time, he's got to have a 2011 [type] season a couple more times and win another Super Bowl and be Super Bowl MVP, and then I think he's in the discussion for the top five [quarterbacks] of all time," Barber said.
In 2011, Manning threw 29 touchdown passes on the way to leading the Giants to a Super Bowl win over the Patriots, the second Super Bowl win of Eli's career. Eli's 4,933 passing yards in 2011 is the eighth-highest single-season total in NFL history and is 233 yards more than Peyton's best single-season performance.
"As much as you want to try and diminish what he's done, you can't," Barber said of Eli. "Every stat and conversation point supports what he's done."
The easiest way to settle the Eli-Peyton argument? Just hope for a Giants-Broncos matchup in Super Bowl XLVIII.
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