No. 2 – Eli Manning Throws Over 28 TDs
New York’s two-time Super Bowl MVP quarterback has only thrown over 28 touchdowns four times in his career, according to Pro Football Reference.
Manning threw 35 touchdowns in 2015, 31 touchdowns in 2010, 30 touchdowns in 2014, and 29 touchdowns in 2011. The 37-year-old threw just 19 touchdowns last season. But it wasn’t all Manning’s fault.
Losing Odell Beckham Jr., Brandon Marshall, and Dwayne Harris to season-ending injuries didn’t help. Playing behind one of the league’s worst offensive lines allowed him little time in the pocket to make throws downfield. Even when Manning did have time in the pocket, his receivers continually dropped routine catches. So much so that New York led the league in dropped passes.
But with a healthy OBJ returning and a more complete offensive line, Manning is looking to turn back the clock. The additions of Nate Solder and Will Hernandez should immediately alleviate some of the pressure Manning has faced in recent seasons.
Playing in an offense with two quarterback gurus in Shurmur and Mike Shula should only help his chances to succeed. This will arguably be one of the most complete offenses Manning has played on in his 15-year career.
With so many weapons, Manning should be able to pick defenses apart. The threat of a ground game will only open things up downfield. However, it’s undoubtedly a bold prediction for Manning to surpass 28 touchdown passes.
Only four quarterbacks, Russell Wilson, Carson Wentz, Tom Brady, and Matthew Stafford, did so this past season.