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If Chad Pennington, Then Why Not Eli Manning?

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On the day following the Red Sox second World Series title in four seasons, the New York Jets finally gave-in to the media pressure and replaced QB Chad Pennington with 2nd-year QB Kellen Clemens. With Eli Manning leading his Giants to a 6-2 record combined with the Jets 1-7 effort, one would think Manning was doing much better than the just deposed Pennington.

However, that doesn't appear to be so easy a case to make based upon both players efforts so far. Including Sunday's season-worst efforts by both QBs, Eli Manning averages fewer than two fantasy points per game more than Pennington did. He has also thrown more INTs and had a lower average passer rating, too.

How should one interpret this informtaion? Are the Giants headed for a fall or did the Jets act rashly? Is it just cherry-picking of selected data and means nothing?

Chad Pennington

Att Comp Pct Yds TD Int Rate Sac Yds   Att Yds TD Fum Pts
21 16 76.2 167 2 0 130.5 4 30 1 3 0 0 19
22 15 68.2 124 2 0 112.7 1 9   4 -1 1 0 23
39 32 82.1 291 1 2 84.9 1 4 1 1 0 0 14
36 21 58.3 229 1 3 51.7 1 7 2 6 0 0 9
21 11 52.4 128 0 1 51.3 3 19 4 2 0 0 3
31 20 64.5 272 3 1 111.2 2 14 3 7 0 0 27
20 13 65 106 0 0 78.3 3 19 2 5 0 2 0

Eli Manning

Att Comp Pct Yds TD Int Rate Sac Yds   Att Yds TD Fum Pts
41 28 68.3 312 4 1 113.1 1 5 1 2 0 0 35
29 16 55.2 211 1 1 75.5 1 8 0 0 0 1 10
36 21 58.3 232 1 2 63.7 2 13 1 -1 0 1 9
26 14 53.8 135 1 1 65.4 1 6 3 -5 0 0 9
25 13 52 186 2 1 86.4 0 0 4 17 0 0 18
39 27 69.2 303 2 2 87.9 1 0 0 0 0 1 18
31 18 58.1 146 2 1 78.2 1 7 0 0 0 0 16
22 8 36.4 59 0 0 44.9 1 10 5 25 1 1 7