Eli has shown that every time he is questioned or had to face adversity, not only did he meet it head on but surpasses it. I believe he will have analysts asking that question before years end, based on his play (positive).
He knew what he was saying, and would have known he would have to back it up. I do not think he did that carelessly. That is not his style.
By the way, I have been fairly close to Projecting Elis numbers last two years.