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NFC Quarterback Woes

The NFC East is undoubtedly the weakest conference in the NFL. It’s unheard of that had the Giants won on Thursday, they could have been one game out of first place with a 1-5 record. One thing is for sure, it certainly isn’t the year of the QB in this conference…

1. Robert Griffin III (RGIII): Sophomore Slump

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Personally, I think he came back too early. Coming off extensive knee surgery, the Redskins QB missed training camp and pre-season, with his first live rep taking place Week 1 against the Eagles. He seems to be step behind this year. Last year, through 4 games, he had 41 rushing attempts with 234 yards compared to this year with 18 attempts and 72 yards rushing. In Week 6 alone last year, he had 136 yards rushing. Either everyone has caught on to his style or RGIII lost a few steps.

2. Tony Romo: Choke

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Tony Romo. As a Cowboys fan, I have mixed feelings about Romo. His numbers are always amazing, but where’s the playoff magic? Romo chokes…that’s his M.O. Take last week against the Broncos. Romo had the game of his life, breaking the Cowboys franchise record of passing yards with 506. He had the highest rating in the NFL last week but his unbelievable performance is completely overshadowed by his interception to Danny Trevathan with two minutes left in the tied game. The Broncos ended up winning the game with a field goal.

3. Michael Vick: Out?

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Michael Vick’s start is questionable this week due to his early exit in last week’s game as a result of a hamstring injury. Is Vick past his prime or is Chip Kelly’s offense prematurely aging him?  I guess we’ll see on Sunday.

4. Eli Manning: Still not Peyton

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I have to be honest, my heart is breaking for Eli. He certainly isn’t completely responsible for the Giants’ disastrous  0-6 start but 15 interceptions, come on bud…you’re better than that. He looks so unsure of himself as he drives down the field. Granted, his O-line is doing nothing to help the situation and he is fighting pressure from all angles. The defense hasn’t shown up much this year either, giving up an NFL-high 182 points. Peyton however, is having quite a season. Will he match his brother in championships this year?

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Sibling Rivalry

500x305-harbaugh-bros-sbThere is no bigger rivalry than brother versus brother. We have all seen our fair share of sibling rivalry, dating back as far as The Book of Genesis in the Old Testament of The Bible. Today, while most brothers aren’t killing each other or stealing birthrights, there are still some pretty heated competitions. Usually it is seen that the older brother is the more successful, better-off brother. Take the Harbaugh’s for example. In last year’s highly dramatic Super Bowl (mainly because Beyoncé brought the house down) the two brother’s teams went head to head. Winner: older brother John.

However, time and time again we are reminded to never sleep on the little brother either. Duwayne Dunham’s 1994 film, Little Giants is a perfect reminder of that. Danny O’Shea’s team of misfits somehow defeats his bigger brother, Kevin O’Shea’s juggernaut.

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29manning.xlarge1There is one thing both the O’Shea’s and the Harbaugh’s would agree on, coaching amongst siblings is nothing compared to strapping it up against your brother, especially when both are top 5 quarterbacks in the NFL today. Luckily for us sports fans, Archie and Olivia gave us Peyton and Eli. Peyton and Eli is a true sibling grudge match. Peyton enters today’s matchup with 4 MVPs and 1 Super Bowl Ring while Eli has just has his 2 Super Bowl Rings and Super Bowl MVPs to show for. It seems that Peyton is always edging Eli. For example, week 1 of the 2013 season. Older brother racked in 462 passing yards with a mere 7 touchdown passes, tying a single game record. Eli came in just short, 450 yards with 3 TDs and a pair of pics in the week one loss to the Cowboys. It’s not hard coming up with evidence to say why Peyton is the better brother. Even ESPN helps reiterate #18 ‘s dominance.

But saying Peyton is clearly the better QB is a bit rash. Eli has Peyton’s number in the playoffs, and more specifically against one guy seemingly unbeatable by Peyton, Tom Brady. Eli, in almost every Giants Pats matchup has proven to be the more dominant quarterback, something his older brother couldn’t even do. Not only has Eli dominated against Tom Brady in the Super Bowl twice with his pinpoint accuracy and icy veins, he successfully knocked down the once indestructible Patriot dynasty of the 2000s.

Needless to say it is more fun for us fans to critique the brothers, who both have proven to be equally great in their own regards. However, they don’t necessarily look at it that way, or at least that’s what they say. Eli and Peyton have been each other’s biggest fans. Recently, Eli was there to help Peyton after a physically and mentally taxing neck injury. This injury sidelined Peyton from the 2011-2012 season and left many doubting his ability to play, including former owner Jim Irsay, who passed on resigning Peyton in order to draft Andrew Luck #1 overall in 2012.

Regardless of the outcome, Peyton and Eli seem to have a ton of fun together. Together, they create a hysterical tandem, which can be noted in many of their commercials. Enjoy some of their best commercials together below after you watch them battle it out in Manning Bowl III.

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