Xavier Su’a-Filo Limited Jersey Rivers can’t boast of such postseason success — he has appeared in just one AFC title game in five playoff trips — but that may be more a function of not having the kind of defensive support Manning enjoyed when the Giants defeated the Patriots in Super Bowls 46 and 42. Rivers also has compiled a more impressive body of work statistically with a higher winning percentage (55.8 percent to Manning’s 54 percent including the postseason), completion percentage (64.4 percent to 59.9 percent) and touchdown-to-interception ratio (320/160 to 326/219).
But while there is plenty to laud from both players, Manning and Rivers have enough flaws that neither is guaranteed a spot in Canton. How the 2017 season has unfolded isn’t helping their cause with winless Septembers fueling talk that the 36-year-old Manning and 35-year-old Rivers are quickly declining with little hope of regaining their old form.
Elite Ryan Kalil Jersey Sporting News spoke with eight voters on the condition of anonymity about whether they would be inclined at this point to give Manning and/or Rivers a Hall nod.
The answers not only varied, but they provided insight into the different methodologies used by Hall selectors when casting their ballots.
Kevin King, CB, Green Bay Packers: The Packers’ top draft pick this year (No. 33 overall), King was sidelined with a concussion during Sunday’s game against Dallas and declared out for the remainder of the game. As with any such injury, he’ll have to clear the league-mandated concussion protocol to return.
Terrance West, RB, Baltimore Ravens: West started the game well, rushing for 17 yards on two carries, but fell to the ground before reaching the sideline, clutching his left leg. He was helped off the field by trainers and carted to the locker room. West was designated as doubtful to return with a calf injury.
Matt Skura, OG, Baltimore Ravens: Skura, who has been filling in for injured starting guard Marshal Yanda, was declared questionable to return with a knee injury.