The Truth is Big Ben is Better Than Peyton Manning

Spencer TucksenSenior Writer IFebruary 12, 2010

PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 27:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers drops back to pass during the game against the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field on December 27, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Karl Walter/Getty Images)
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Now, recently it has become a hot-button topic, the Manning/'Burgher (burger?) debate. I had mentioned I would write an article on how Manning is the best QB ever if they won the Super Bowl.

They most definitely did not, in fact, win the Super Bowl. As a matter of fact, one could argue they lost BECAUSE of Manning. I have since this game, changed my tone. I believe the battle is on for an overall awesomeness duel between Manning and Big Ben.

I will be grading the players on certain criteria. Stats (duh), playoff record, regular season record, ability to win or close a game, and of course Super Bowls.


We all know Peyton has better stats. But that's because he has been playing for twice the time. That obviously makes that an easy choice right? Well, to look at John Doe's article explaining the first six years of both of their careers, it becomes a little harder to choose.

Peyton Manning-167 TDs, 110 INTs, 62.9 percent completions, 24,885 yards, and a passer rating of 88.08

Compare that to Ben Roethlisberger and see the truth!

Ben Roethlisberger-127 TDs, 87 INTs, 63.3 percent completions, 19,302 yards, and a passer rating of 91.7

I think that just made this statical debate a bit close. Thanks to John Doe for allowing me to use the stats he researched.

Regular Season Record

Many underestimate the importance of a great regular season QB. Manning is one of the best ever. If you look at the numbers, so is Roethlisberger.

Manning-.691 winning percentage

Roethlisberger-.698 winning percentage

How you like 'dem apples! Take that Colts' fans! Even you Derek! HA!

I have been security, never to do that again, and I apologize...please don't lynch me (John Lynch?). 

Postseason Record

Here's where it gets fun! Post season record is obviously the most appreciated of the two. Everyone knows their records but I will show you them anyway!

Manning-  9-9...counting this season. Last season, it was 6-8...eek!

Roethlisberger-8-2...more dots...awesome!

So far Roethlisberger is 3-0 in these stat columns. Note that the only one that isn't full career stats is the first section comparing the passing statistics. All others are full career stats (because Ben would win by a landslide).

Game Winner

There two are statically a couple of the best fourth quarter players in the history of the NFL.

Manning-Manning has about 42 (I think. Couldn't find anything on me Google!) "comeback" wins.

Roethlisberger- Has 21 (maybe 22) "comeback" wins. That is counting games where he was tied in the fourth quarter. Two of those were in the playoffs.

Manning may break the all time record (guarantee it) and that is very impressive. Roethlisberger still could come close to where Manning will end it.

When you look at it, they are on the same pace. If Ben keeps it up and plays as long as Manning (he gets sacked too much, so he probably won't) he will pass him. I suppose he will just have to step it up!

Super Bowl

Here we are. We have reached the most important (for most) of all statistics. The Super Bowl record.


Big Ben-2-0

Did you just feel that? That was the chill up your spine, that shows that Ben is actually the better QB. It is proven. Many of you will argue otherwise but it has been shown. Manning hadn't even reached the Super Bowl until his seventh or eighth season.

Ben is also undefeated, which is something Manning can no longer claim. I say Manning will win one more, but Roethlisberger will win four or more. I have a feeling about it.

Google Didn't Pay Me For Throwing Out Their Name

They didn't.

In Conclusion

I think that logic shows that Ben Roethlisberger is, in fact, Manning's superior.  The stats are in Ben's favor, and if you want talk intangibles, then Ben wins in that as well. Ben is faster, bigger, and stronger, and he isn't afraid to hold onto the ball in order to make a big play. He isn't like a stone out there, like Manning. He has a higher completion percentage and a higher passer rating for the first six years of his career than Manning did.

And let's not forget about the one time when he tried to moon the assistant athletic trainer (a woman). It went awry and she misinterpreted it as sexual has forever been dubbed the Naughright incident. I found that rather hilarious, so I decided to inform the people!

Thank you for reading my article. I hope you enjoyed it. Once more, I thank you with all of my heart.


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