No Eli

The Vikings are off to an 0-2 start, which is not exactly what any of us had in mind.  The gazes of certain optimists and silver-lining-searchers have now naturally turned to the New York Giants who started with that same record last year and went on to defeat the Patriots in the Super Bowl.  Unfortunately, comparisons between the two situations fall to pieces when you consider the quarterback position.  Yes, Eli Manning was something of a questionable commodity up until the Giants started winning – but no, he was never as questionable as Tarvaris Jackson has become.  Manning may have struggled at times in his first couple of years, but he sprinkled in a few great performances as well.  Jackson?  There isn’t a single game you can point to and say, “He really showed us something that day.”  Even when he’s relatively good, he’s still pretty bad.  In short, there’s very little in Jackson’s NFL history to suggest he’s about to make the quantum leap Eli made last season.  The Vikings will only duplicate the Giants’ success if they replace him entirely – or find some wonderful new Belichickian way of cheating.

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