Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 12/25/11
The NFL has certainly gone out of the way in recent years to emphasize the passing game. Numerous rule changes and rule tweaks have changed the game, enabling passers to put up big numbers and let offenses score at will. As a result, quarterbacks are the highest paid NFL players, with those most entrusted in protecting the QB’s blind side (left tackles) and those with the most important role in stopping the opponent’s forward pass (elite pass-rushers) not far behind. The pigskin has been flying all over the place this fall as the single season mark of 5,084 passing yards, set by the Miami Dolphins’ Dan Marino in 1984, will soon fall. Two QBs will almost certainly eclipse it, with three more coming close. Tom Brady of the New England Patriots leads the NFL in passing with 4,897 yards. Given that the Pats average 316 yards passing per game, good for 3rd in the league, I think it’s safe to say he’ll get the 187 he needs and change next week versus Buffalo. But Brady is only atop the...
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