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ASSAULT ON HISTORY
PETER KING
November 07, 2011
The offensive explosion is immediately evident in the passing numbers of the game's top quarterbacks. Through eight weeks no less than three QBs—Drew Brees, Tom Brady (left) and Aaron Rodgers—are on pace to break Dan Marino's single-season record of 5,084 passing yards. Just as remarkable, rookie Cam Newton has more yards through his first eight games (2,393) than Marino had over the same span (2,390) in 1984. If the Panthers' rookie matches Marino's hot second half (336.8 yards per game), he too would break the 27-year-old mark. At his current average of 299.1 yards, Newton would smash Peyton Manning's rookie record of 3,739 from 1998.
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November 07, 2011

Assault On History

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PLAYER G YDS YPG PROJ
DREW BREES Saints 8 2,746 343.3 5,493
AARON RODGERS Packers 7 2,372 338.9 5,422
TOM BRADY Patriots 7 2,361 337.3 5,397
DAN MARINO (1984) 16   317.8 5,084
CAM NEWTON Panthers 8 2,393 299.1 4,786

The offensive explosion is immediately evident in the passing numbers of the game's top quarterbacks. Through eight weeks no less than three QBs—Drew Brees, Tom Brady (left) and Aaron Rodgers—are on pace to break Dan Marino's single-season record of 5,084 passing yards. Just as remarkable, rookie Cam Newton has more yards through his first eight games (2,393) than Marino had over the same span (2,390) in 1984. If the Panthers' rookie matches Marino's hot second half (336.8 yards per game), he too would break the 27-year-old mark. At his current average of 299.1 yards, Newton would smash Peyton Manning's rookie record of 3,739 from 1998.

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PROJ Projected season total for 2011; Marino's numbers are for full season

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