Sunday, November 28, 2010

The Quest for 5084

Dan Marino's single season record for passing yards has stood for over 25 years. Tonight's game between the Chargers and the Colts will feature a pair of quarterbacks within striking distance of the 5084 yards Marino threw for in 1984. Philip Rivers enters tonight's game on pace for 5083 yards (318 yards per game) while Peyton Manning comes into tonight on pace for 4894 (306 per game). What makes this even more impressive is that these two quarterbacks have been able to put up such ridiculous numbers despite their respective receiving corps being absolutely decimated by injuries. With neither team having great success running the football this season, expect to see the ball thrown all over the field in Indy tonight.

All Time Single Season Leaders, Passing Yards

Dan Marino, Miami Dolphins, 1984 - 5084 yards
Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints, 2008 - 5069 yards
Kurt Warner, St. Louis Rams, 2001 - 4830 yards

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2010 Leaders, Passing Yards

Kyle Orton, Denver Broncos - 3370 yards* - Pace 4902
Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints - 3321 yards* - Pace 4831
Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers - 3177 yards - Pace 5083
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts - 3059 yards - Pace 4893

*Includes Week 12 Stats

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Kyle Orton, Denver Broncos - 3370 yards - Pace 4902
Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers - 3362 yards - Pace 4890
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts - 3344 yards - Pace 4864
Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints - 3321 yards - Pace 4831

And the new leader in the chase for 5084:

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  1. At the half, it's Manning 197 Rivers 69. Chargers have a 16-14 lead as Manning has thrown a pair of interceptions.

  2. Chargers 36 Colts 14. 285 yards for Manning but 4 interceptions (one returned for a score in each half). Only 185 yards for Rivers as he falls a little off Marino's pace en route to their 4th straight win.