posted 9 years ago
Today: Tony Romo- Watching Romo carve up secondaries (1800 passing yards, 63% completion, 16 TDs, a whopping 8.3 yards per attempt) is like watching a hammered-drunk college kid bounce quarters into a cup 30 times in a row. He holds onto the ball too long, throws into double coverage, and throws off his back foot. But you can't argue with the production. Dallas is the class of the NFC, and Romo's ascension to stardom is the reason why.
Then: Troy Aikman- At this point, Aikman was on the downswing of his career. The 'Boys went 6-10, and Aikman was inconsistent. He completed 56% of his throws, seven points below Romo. He threw 19 TDs and 14 picks, and just 3200 yards, all numbers Romo should best this season, and throughout his career.
Edge: In the first real upset, 2007
Today: Donovan McNabb- I can't figure out why McNabb gets criticized so much. He's always in the top tier of quarterbacks. This year, while the Iggles have struggled, D-Mac has still performed, completing 60% of the time for 1780 yards, 8 TDs and just 2 interceptions. He's mobile, accurate, strong-armed and smart. He'd start on at least 22 of the teams in the league.
Then: Ty Detmer/Bobby Hoying- These two split the 97 season due to an injury to Detmer. They had almost identical statistics. Neither were good. It's not a contest.
New York Giants
Today: Eli Manning- Eli is a tough player to evaluate, because he's so inconsistent. The Giants are off to another fast start this year, but it's more due to the running combo of Brandon Jacobs and Derrick Ward, and an insane pass rush, than Manning, who carries himself like a surf bum suddenly asked to satisfy the intense demands of an insane sporting city and live up to the reputation of his brother- one of the best quarterbacks ever to play. He's thrown for 1584 yards this year, less than 200 per game, and 13 TDs, but also 9 picks.
Then: Danny Kannell- This was a winnable matchup for the 97ers, but Kannel isn't going to get it done. He threw more picks than TDs in his career, and completed just 53% of his throws in '97, despite a 10-5-1 finish in New York. His completion rate should have been significantly higher, especially considering he had a three-running back combo that combined for 1700 yards in Tiki Barber, Charles Way and Tyrone Wheatley to keep defenses stacking the box.
Advantage: 2007, but only by default
Today: Jason Campbell- Campbell is a bright spot in the Skins' future. He's got a strong arm, and is tough in the pocket. But this season, he doesn't have enough experience to break the ranks of the NFL's elite quarterbacks. He's thrown just 6 TDs and also 6 interceptions. He's completed 59 percent of his passes, but it's only that high because he's thrown mostly check-down passes. He also may have cost Washington a win on Monday Night Football in week 3 when he overthrew Santana Moss in the endzone.
Then: Gus Frerotte- Frerotte had a decent season in '97, leading the Skins to an 8-7-1 record, just short of the postseason. He threw for a full yard more per attempt than Campbell, and passed for 17 TDs. Campbell is on pace for 12.
Edge: 1997. Come back in two years, and Campbell wins this one easily.
The two generations split the NFC North two-a-piece, and today's passers won the NFC East 3-1 to take the first lead. Current Score: 07ers 5, 97ers 3.