New York Giants QB Eli Manning is a Superhero

July 19, 2011

NEW YORK – The New York Giants have a superhero on the team. I know it sounds strange but it’s true. Can you guess which superhero I’m talking about? I’m talking about QB Eli Manning being an Iron Man in the NFL. I have talked about this in previous articles as one of the many achievements Easy Eli has accomplished so far in his short career. I simply added it to the list of other achievements such as Super Bowl MVP, Pro Bowl player and Super Bowl Champion. The NFL Iron Man title is reserved for the players who have the most consecutive career starts.

I was a bit shocked when I checked this out today and realized that Eli Manning is ranked 6th for quarterbacks on the all-time consecutive starts list with 103. Yes, you heard me correctly, he is ranked 6th All-Time in NFL history. He is also ranked 3rd among active players, his brother Peyton is ranked 2nd all-time with 208 starts, trailing only Brett Favre who sits on top of the list with 297 consecutive starts. Only Peyton and Eli have active streaks in the top 10 still going right now as well. The others on the list have had their streaks snapped at some point. That Favre record is amazing considering all of the injuries that occur on the field each and every year. If things go right for Eli in 2011, he will easily overtake the No.5 position on this list by week 5. By week 9, he will have surpassed Tom Brady for the No.4 position on the list and by week 14 he will hurdle over Ron Jaworski for the No.3 spot. I do not want to jinx Manning which is why I am writing this article before the season starts but it’s pretty cool to think he will be ranked 3rd on the all-time list by seasons end if things go well.

I will leave the list below for all of our readers to check out and I would love to hear your opinions on this subject. Is this a record that deserves more attention such as the Cal Ripken Jr. consecutive starts record for baseballs Iron Man title? It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that football is much more violent then baseball. While Ripken’s record is extremely impressive for baseball, it cannot truly be compared to the staggering 297 consecutive game streak held by Brett Favre. This is just my opinion, what do you think?

The NFL All-Time Consecutive Starts List for QB (Iron Man Streak)

1. QB Brett Favre, retired – 297 consecutive starts. The number is 321 if you include the playoffs.

2. QB Peyton Manning, active – 208 consecutive starts. The number is 227 if you include the playoffs.

3. QB Ron Jaworski, retired – 116 consecutive starts. The number is 123 if you include the playoffs.

4. QB Tom Brady, active – 111 consecutive starts (*streak ended in 2008). The number is 128 if you include the playoffs.

5. QB Joe Ferguson, retired – 107 consecutive starts. The number is 110 if you include the playoffs.

6. QB Eli Manning, active – 103 consecutive starts. The number is 110 if you include the playoffs.

Are you surprised to find out about this ongoing accomplishment by QB Eli Manning?

RD –

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Giants vs. Vikings, NFL Week 14: Game Notes

December 14, 2010

NEW YORK – What a weekend for the Giants! In one of the most bizarre situations in recent memory, the Giants faced the Vikings last night in Detroit for a re-scheduled game due to a severe blizzard in Minnesota that caused the Metrodome roof to collapse. If you haven’t seen the video of that roof collapsing, I suggest you do a search for it because it was crazy. The Giants beat the Vikings 21-3 at Ford Field among Lions fans who were given free tickets to the game.

It was a game that had fans up in arms over the fact that the game wasn’t aired on TV in national markets. Some FOX markets showed a message pre-game that said “Due to blackout restrictions rules with ESPN, the game cannot be aired tonight” followed by an apology to the fans. This is disgusting and something the NFL needs to take a long hard look at. The other Monday Night football game on ESPN last night was the Ravens vs. Texans. I cannot remember there ever being two Monday Night football games on at the same time, that was a first for me. Why the football fans had to suffer under these extremely unusual circumstances is beyond me. Have we really become so thoughtless in society, that TV stations are more concerned about the amount of eyes watching their commercials, then they are about the people who pay their salaries with viewership? Last night was a unique situation and should have been handled differently. How about letting FOX stream the game LIVE on their internet website? Something. Anything. But the only thing that happened was, Nothing.

The Giants beat the Vikings in a historical game for both of the starting QB’s. QB Eli Manning had his 100th consecutive start, while QB Brett Favre had his consecutive starts streak end at 297 by a shoulder injury. Easy Eli has the second longest consecutive starts streak in the NFL, he only trails big brother Peyton. It is incredible that the No.1 and No.2 men on the Iron Man list are brothers.

The G-Men were no doubt mentally exhausted from all of the drama over the weekend, so I applaud the team for not complaining about it and going out to do work. They were a little rusty in the first quarter but then turned it on by scoring two TD’s in the second quarter. The 9-4 Giants are on a three game winning streak and face the hated Philadelphia Eagles this weekend at New Meadowlands stadium in a a battle for NFC East supremacy. The game starts at 1 PM EST and should be the game of the week, if both teams play like their seasons depend on a victory (which they do).

Let’s take a look at some of my notes from the game.

– QB Eli Manning had a mediocre game and finished with 187 yards 1 TD 2 INT’s.

– RB Brandon Jacobs had a great game and ran hard all night. He finished with 116 yards and 1 TD.

– TE Kevin Boss was making plays and finished with 23 yards and 1 TD.

– WR Hakeem Nicks returned to the field and made his presence known. He finished with 96 yards.

– S Antrel Rolle led all defensive tacklers last night and continues to be a vocal leader on defense.

– RB Ahmad Bradshaw continues to play like a man possessed. He finished with 103 yards and 1 TD.

– WR Steve Smith saw some action on the field after missing a few weeks and finished with 12 yards. He left the game with a injury.

– WR Mario Manningham left the game early with an injury and did not return. He finished with 1 yard.

– The Giants defense smothered the Vikings all night and knocked out their 6th QB of the year. They finished with 4 sacks and 1 INT.

– DE Justin Tuck had a decent game but got banged up and played hurt the rest of the game.

– LB Clint Sintim was injured in the second quarter and did not return. It looks like a torn ACL and the IR list for Sintim.

– DE Osi Umenyiora attacked the QB all night and finished with 1 sack.

– DE Jason Pierre-Paul was active for a good portion of the game and continues to improve.

– The Giants offensive line gave up only 1 sack last night, the first in the last six games. These guys are awesome.

– The Giants special teams was atrocious once again and their see-saw season continues.

– K Lawrence Tynes made all 3 of his extra point attempts and had no FG attempts.

– P Matt Dodge should receive a one way ticket to palookaville at the end of the season.

– WR Derek Hagan finished the game with 10 yards.

– DC Perry Fewell is the most significant pick up for Big Blue since Coach Spags. He is a beast.

– OC Kevin Gilbride needs to shake things up a bit and stop with the conservative play calling.

RD –