Eli, Ben, or Philip - Which QB is Better?

By Errol Marks

In the 2004 NFL draft, three NFL quarterbacks have shined brighter than the rest over the past 13 NFL seasons. As the first overall draft pick in the 2004 NFL Draft, Eli Manning was selected by the San Diego Chargers. After the third pick overall, Larry Fitzgerald (Third overall in Career receptions), Philip Rivers' name was called by the New York Football Giants fourth overall. As we all know, the Giants and Chargers made the historic swap of QBs. Seven draft picks later a QB from Miami (Ohio), Ben Roethlisberger was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers 11th overall.

The argument has been brought up numerous times, which QB is the best among the three men drafted in the 2004 Draft. Let us break down each of the quarterback's numbers and evaluate which QB is the Best!

What makes these three quarterbacks even more unique than most, is that their entire careers they have been with a single team.

Philip Rivers - San Diego Chargers


G Att Comp Pct Att/G Yds Avg Yds/G TD TD% Int Int% Lng 20+ 40+ Sck SckY Rate

TOTAL 180 5,917 3,811 64.4 32.9 45,833 7.7 254.6 314 5.3 156 2.6 81 600 97 362 2,178 94.7

Rivers has played in a total of 180 career games leading into the 2017 NFL season. He's attempted 5,197 passes and completed 3,811 of those passes for a completion percentage of 64.4 percent. The Chargers QB has thrown for a career total of 45,833 yards, Averaging 7.7-yards a pass, and 254.6 yards a game, racking up 314 total passing touchdowns to 156 interceptions.

Rivers lacks a Super Bowl appearance unlike Eli Manning and Big Ben. Manning has appeared in two Super Bowls and Big Ben has three Super Bowl Appearances.

Rivers is tied with Hall of Famer, Jim Kelly at 21st on the all-time career list of 4th-quarter comebacks. The former N.C. State QB lands between Roethlisberger and Manning on the all-time career list with 314 Touchdowns, at No. 8. He also has eight games with over 400+ yards passing.

In 2010, Rivers led the league in passing yards with 4,710. His career high came last season in 2016 when he passed for 4,792 yards. In 2008 he was the league leader with 34 touchdowns and a QB rating of 105.5. In 2014 and '16 he was the league's leader in interceptions with 18 and 21.

In the postseason, Rivers posts a 4-5 overall record. Among active QB's, Rivers is fifth on the list with an overall win-loss record of 101-84. The Chargers QB is a six-time NFL Pro Bowler.

Philip Rivers 2016 Highlights

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Ben Roethlisberger - Pittsburgh Steelers


GP GS Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A Lng TD Int Sck Rtg Att Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lst

185 183 3,804 5,932 64.1 46,814 7.9 95 301 160 455 94.1 410 1,205 2.9 31 16 88 42

"Big Ben" set NFL records since his rookie season. In 2004, he set the QB Rookie NFL wins record with 13 wins (tied in the 2016 season by Dak Prescott). He is 9th on the all-time list of career passing touchdowns, with 301. The Steelers QB is the first QB in the NFL to start two Conference Championship games in first two seasons in the NFL (2004 & 2005). He became the youngest QB ever to win the Super Bowl in 2005, and the second-youngest to play in a Super Bowl, behind the great Hall of Famer Dan Marino.

He also became the second quarterback in NFL history, along with Peyton Manning, to register three perfect passing games during the regular season, and the only quarterback to ever register two perfect passing games in one regular season.

Roethlisberger is 10th all-time, tied with Vinny Testaverde - on the Career fourth quarter comeback list, with 29. The Steelers QB is also 11th on the NFL Career Leaders list for completions, with 3,804. Rivers landed in the 10th spot on the list, completing 3,811 in his NFL career. Manning is at 4,072 and finding himself at 7th on the leader's list.

Roethlisberger continues to find himself on the NFL Leaders list at about No. 10. He's the 10th all-time career leader in passing yards with 46,814. In 2014 he led the league in Passing yards with 4,952. In 2006, he led the league in interceptions with 23.

THe Steelers future Hall of Fame QB also has a 13-7 playoff record. Among all active QB's in the league, Big Ben is Number three in wins with a 136-67 record. Roethlisberger was also a five-time Pro Bowler.

In addition to his excellent stats, Big Ben has led his franchise to their fifth and sixth Super Bowl championships in 2005 and 2008. He also led them to a third Super Bowl in 2010. They ended up falling to the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XLV 31-25.

Ben Roethlisberger || 2016-2017 Highlights

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Eli Manning - New York Giants


Games Passing Rushing Sacked Fumbles

G GS Att Comp Pct Yds Avg TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD Sack Yds Fum Lost

201 199 6,825 4,072 59.7 48,214 7.1 320 215 83.7 284 514 1.8 5 328 2,279 104 46

Like Roethlisberger, the New York Giants QB, Eli Manning owns two Super Bowl rings. His Super Bowl wins came in 2007 and 2011. The 2007 Super Bowl victory came verse the New England Patriots undefeated team. Manning out gunned Tom Brady on his was to his First SB victory.

Eli has only led the league three times in his career, and all three times in the same category, interceptions. In 2007, 2010, and 2013 he threw 20, 25, and 27 interceptions. Never having led the league in passing yards, Manning career high came in 2011 with 4,933, though Manning finds himself at No. 8 on the NFL league leaders in career passing yards with 48,218.

Manning also lands ahead of Rivers and Roethlisberger in career NFL leaders for passing touchdowns with 320, at No. 7 overall. He's also No. 7 on the leaders list for completions, still ahead of his fellow 2004 draft picks, with 4,072 completions.

The two-time Super Bowl MVP has earned his way to four Pro Bowls (2008, 2011, 2012, 2015). In 2011, Manning set an NFL record for the most 4th-quarter touchdown passes in a season at, 15. He also tied the NFL record for the longest pass completion and touchdown in 2011, 99 yards. The 2011 post-season he set another NFL record for most passing yards in a single post-season with his 1,219 yards.

Manning is tied for seventh on the NFL leaders list for all-time fourth quarter comebacks, at 30. He's tied with the great Brett Favre and Fran Tarkenton.

In the playoffs, Mannings owns an 8-4 record. Among all active QB's in the league, Manning is Number four in wins with an 116-95 record.

In Super Bowl XLVI Manning set a record for the most consecutive completions to begin a Super Bowl at 9.

Eli Manning also is the active leader for most consecutive starts by a National Football League quarterback (205, 3rd all-time).

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My Pick in order: No.1 - Manning, No.2 - Roethlisberger, No.3 - Rivers.