Matthew Stafford, Drew Brees, Peyton Manning and the Most Passing Yards Per Game All Time
Has the NFL officially been taken over by passing? Yes. It’s been a while, actually.
Stat after stat prove what everybody already knows (and we have a whole bunch of NFL posts here backing it up, too): It’s all about the QB and his arm these days.
It’s a bit ironic considering the new hybrid, multi-tooled, non-pocket, passing-running quarterback prototype currently infiltrating the league – Robert Griffin III, Colin Kaepernick, Cam Newton, Russell Wilson and even Geno Smith.
But there has been a steady and exponential increase in the importance of the passing game and passing touchdowns over the past 30 years – and especially over the last decade.
Take today’s list: most passing yards per game, career.
One can say – hey, wait a second, Stafford has only played four seasons – but there is 33-year old Drew Brees in second and 36-year old Peyton Manning in third. Tom Brady is 35, too. In fact, seven of the 11 current starters are in their 30’s and have been around a while. I’ve included everyone with at least two seasons under their belt behind center, which makes the “old-timers” look even more amazing.
But, is the game changing again after all these years? What will the quarterback of the future look like: a mobile Colin Kaepernick or a stodgy bombing Aaron Rodgers? This is one of the most interesting developments in the NFL today. We’ll have to see what shakes out over the next decade.Follow @VinGetz
|1.||Matthew Stafford||284.6||2009-current||Detroit Lions|
|2.||Drew Brees||270.1||2001-current||San Diego Chargers, New Orleans Saints|
|3.||Peyton Manning||266.4||1998-current||Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos|
|4.||Kurt Warner||258.8||1998-2009||St. Louis Rams, New York Giants, Arizona Cardinals|
|5.||Aaron Rodgers||254.8||2005-current||Green Bay Packers|
|6.||Dan Marino||253.6||1983-1999||Miami Dolphins|
|7.||Tom Brady||253.1||2000-current||New England Patriots|
|8.||Cam Newton||247.5||2011-current||Carolina Panthers|
|9.||Matt Ryan||243.0||2008-current||Atlanta Falcons|
|10.||Carson Palmer||241.5||2004-current||Cincinnati Bengals, Oakland Raiders|
|11.||Philip Rivers||240.4||2004-current||San Diego Chargers|
|12.||Brett Favre||237.9||1991-2010||Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers, New York Jets, Minnesota Vikings|
|13.||Dan Fouts||237.8||1973-1987||San Diego Chargers|
|14.||Marc Bulger||237.6||2002-2009||St. Louis Rams|
|15.||Trent Green||237.3||1997-2008||Washington Redskins, St. Louis Rams, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins|
|16.||Warren Moon||237.1||1984-2000||Houston Oilers, Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks, Kansas City Chiefs|
|17.||Ben Roethlisberger||235.0||2004-current||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|18.||Eli Manning||230.1||2004-current||New York Giants|
|19.||Daunte Culpepper||230.0||1999-2009||Minnesota Vikings, Miami Dolphins, Oakland Raiders, Detroit Lions|
|19.||Drew Bledsoe||230.0||1993-2006||New England Patriots, Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys|
Thanks to my source, pro-football-reference.com.
Posted on September 8, 2013, in NFL Football and tagged all time, best, drew brees, football, game, history, List, matthew stafford, most, nfl, passing yards, PER, peyton manning, quarterbacks, ratio, rgiii. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.