Oh, brother: Ravens get another test with Eli

RAVENS BEAT

November 14, 2008|By JAMISON HENSLEY | JAMISON HENSLEY,jamison.hensley@baltsun.com

When the Ravens play at the New York Giants, they will try to do something that no team has done the past two seasons:

Split with the Manning brothers in the regular season.

In 2007 and 2008, teams either sweep Peyton and Eli - or get swept by them.

While the results have been the same, they couldn't be more different, from their offensive systems to their personal styles.

Peyton is the unquestioned field general, barking out commands at the line of scrimmage. He runs a one-back offense that spreads teams out.

Eli, on the other hand, is a more even-keeled leader who rallies his teammates by rarely cracking under pressure. He'll operate out of a two-back attack that takes a run-first mentality.

But the numbers suggest the brothers are more alike than many believe.

In 2007, Peyton threw for 272 yards and three touchdowns in the Indianapolis Colts' 31-13 win over the Atlanta Falcons. That same season against the Falcons, Eli passed for 303 yards and two touchdowns in the Giants' 31-10 victory.

Again, in the 2007 regular season, Eli threw for 251 yards in a three-point loss (38-35) to the New England Patriots. Peyton passed for 225 yards in a four-point loss (24-20) to the Patriots.

This season, Peyton led the Colts to a 24-20 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers by throwing for 240 yards and three touchdowns. Eli helped the Giants past the Pittsburgh Steelers, 21-14, by throwing for 199 yards and one touchdown.

The connection is more uncanny when you consider these are the same brothers who won the Super Bowl in consecutive seasons.

But the perception this season has been that Eli (age 27) is just reaching his prime while Peyton (age 32) is beginning to slowly decline.

Yet their statistics this year mirror each other, from completion percentage (Peyton's 61.1 percent and Eli's 60.5 percent) to quarterback rating (Eli's 88.8 and Peyton's 84.8).

Peyton looked like his old self in Week 6 against the Ravens, throwing for 271 yards and three touchdowns.

Eli will look to duplicate the same success, although he might not get any inside tips from his brother. He said he might talk to Peyton "a little bit" this week but doesn't expect much.

"We're not comparing notes," Eli said. "We really don't like giving each other's secrets away because you never know, you might have to go against each other."

MATCHING THE MANNINGS

A look at how Eli and Peyton Manning stack up against each other this season:

Eli ......................... Category .................. Peyton

8 ................................ Wins ............................... 5

170 ................... Completions ..................... 204

281 .................... Attempts .......................... 334

1,926 .................... Yards .......................... 2,248

60.5 ....... Completion percentage ............. 61.1

14 ................... Touchdowns ....................... 15

6 ....................... Interceptions ....................... 9

88.8 ..................... Rating .......................... 84.8

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