At the start of the season, most would have taken Mark Sanchez over Eli Manning. While the former was coming off back to back AFC Championships, the latter had not been to the playoffs over that period. The Jets were looking to expand Sanchez' responsibilities in the passing game, while the Giants were trying to cure Manning of being an interception machine.
Rex Ryan was bragging that New York had become Jets town and actually hired painters to paint it green. There was no doubt that his team was going to the Super Bowl.
But a funny thing happened on the way to Indiannapolis in February. After four games, Eli has a better record than Sanchez, and is playing much better. To be fair, Sanchez has been dealing with an offensive line that's missing their all pro center. But the same can be said for Manning, his O-Line has had a big turnover this year.
Here are a few numbers:
QB Rating: Manning 105.6 Sanchez 75.9
Comp % Manning 64 Sanchez 55
TD-INT Manning 8-2 Sanchez 6-5
So if you were starting a franchise, which QB would you pick? Mark Sanchez, or Eli Manning?