After a crazy start to this NFL season, the passing numbers in the NFL have come back to earth a bit recently, with only three quarterbacks topping 300 yards in Week Seven.
But three quarterbacks remain on pace to break Dan Marino’s NFL record for passing yards in a season. In 1984, Marino passed for 5,084 yards. This year Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers are all ahead of Marino’s pace.
As he has been since throwing for 517 yards in Week One, Brady is leading the way. With 2,163 yards in six games, Brady is on pace to finish the season with 5,768 — well ahead of Marino’s mark.
Slightly behind Brady’s pace is Drew Brees, who has 2,477 yards in seven games and is on pace for 5,662. Brees is coming off a stunning game against the Colts, when he completed 31 of 35 passes for 325 yards, with five touchdowns and no interceptions. He also passed up an opportunity to pad his stats, coming out of the game late in the third quarter.
Rodgers has 2,372 yards in seven games, putting him on pace for 5,421 yards on the season, and he may be having the best season of anyone, with a passer rating of 125.7. (Peyton Manning’s single-season record is 121.1.)
Marino said early this month that he thought four or five guys could break his record. That’s overstating things, but not by a lot: If Brady, Brees and Rodgers all stay healthy, all three of them have a real chance.