Matthew Stafford, Drew Brees, Peyton Manning and the Most Passing Yards Per Game All Time

Matthew Stafford Has the Best Passing Yards Per Game Ratio in NFL History, but Drew Brees and Peyton Manning Have Been Doing It for a Lot Longer

Matthew Stafford Has the Best Passing Yards Per Game Ratio in NFL History, but Drew Brees and Peyton Manning Have Been Doing It for a Lot Longer

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.

More than half (11) of the top 20 are current starting quarterbacks, led by the Detroit LionsMatthew Stafford at about 285 passing yards a game.

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.

  QUARTERBACK YARDS/GAME CAREER SPAN TEAM(S)
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.

Photo: AP Photo/Rick Osentoski via dailytribune.com

Posted on September 8, 2013, in NFL Football and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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