I'm tired of people saying Roethlisberger's entire teams were great because his defense is usually tops in the league. It's pretty stupid.
The Steelers wouldn't have won Super Bowl XL without him because of how he carried the team through the playoffs. His eight total touchdowns in those four playoff games were as many as Eli's entire playoff career prior to this postseason run. And he had that postseason run throwing to Hines Ward, who is a Hall of Famer but not for any pure receiving skills, Antwaan Randle El (ew) and Cedric Wilson (who?). Yeah he was bad in the actual Super Bowl, but they wouldn't have even been playing in it without him, and it's tough to win a game you're not playing in.
This was Manning's best season. His 4900 yards is the only thing better than anything Roethlisberger's done.
His career high of 31 touchdowns in 2010 is less than Roethlisberger's 32 in 2007. And Roethlisberger did that while throwing only 11 interceptions, not 25.
Eli's career high of 62.3% completion in 2009 is lower than Roethlisberger's 63.2 this year, 66.6 in 2009, 65.3 in 2007, 62.7 in 2005 and 66.4 in 2004.
Eli's career high of 8.4 this year is lower than Roethilsberger's 8.6 in 2009 and 8.9 in each of 2005 and 2004. Eli's career second place 7.9 in 2009 would be tied for fourth worst of Roethlisberger's career, behind 2004, 2005, 2009, 2010, and tied with 2011.
Eli's career high in passer rating of 93.1 in 2009 is lower than Roethlisberger's 97 in 2010, 100.5 in 2009, 104.1 in 2007, 98.6 in 2005 and 98.1 in 2004.
Roethlisberger is easily better across the board than Manning. And no, he has not played on better offenses throughout his career. Defense doesn't affect any of these statistics, believe it or not.
Edit: Almost forgot to answer the thread question. Top 5 QB's, in order:
In case Peyton's not the same player coming back. Be happy I'm finally putting Eli above Romo. I do think Romo is better but I won't reward him for what I think he will do in hypothetical situations. Credit to Eli for finally earning a Super Bowl MVP as opposed to stealing Justin Tuck's from XLII.
Edit Edit: Crap, Mr Haha's ban was lifted.