Morning Walkthrough: Eli elite? Really?

Morning Walkthrough: Eli elite? Really?
November 7, 2011, 1:38 pm
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Honestly, have you ever seen a fanmedia base so concerned with whether or not it can apply an adjective to a player? Here's a proclamation that Eli Manning is "elite." Let's define it like this: when your great games outnumber your average or bad ones by more than 2-to-1, you can be in that mix. Feel free to do the math. Dolphins cornerback Vontae Davis fought Dolphins receiver Brandon Marshall. I wouldn't recommend anyone fight Brandon Marshall. Huge, fast, strong, perhaps a little cuckoo? No thanks. Mark Sanchez remains a little enigmatic, which is not that hard for the Jets to deal with if their defense is going to play the way it did on Sunday in Buffalo. Chad Ochocinco, who's refused since the start of the season to speak to the media en masse, told Ian Rapoport of The Boston Herald he's "encouraged" by his progress after his third straight catchless performance. Dubious assertion that need not be swallowed with a nod and a thank you. But Ocho doesn't like to be challenged or asked to explain himself, so . . .
The Colts are winless. And they're not happy. Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers explains that his pick-throwing binge is a random act of suckitude and not attributable to any one thing. Mike Smith didn't appreciate the timing of his Falcons' wideouts post-TD boogiedown. Mike Reiss at ESPNBoston noted that Albert Haynesworth didn't return to the field after getting wheeled out of the way by Giants guard David Diehl on a third-quarter run by Brandon Jacobs.