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Chasing Marino: A Weekly Drew Brees Passing Record Tracker

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Since Drew Brees is currently on pace to break Dan Marino's single-season passing record of 5,084 yards, I thought it was the appropriate time to begin tracking his progress the rest of the way. So here is how Marino's '84 season and Drew's 2011 season stack up through the first 10 games. We'll do this each week.

Through 10 Games

Player Attempt Complete Yards Comp. % Yards/Att TD TD % INT INT % Long Sack/Lost Rating
Drew Brees 422 299 3326 70.9 7.88 23 5.5 11 2.6 79t 19 / 132 101.3
Dan Marino 320 208 3094 65.3 9.67 29 9.3 10 3.3 80t 5 / 34 112.5
+/- +102 +91

+232

+5.6 -1.79 -6 -3.8 +1 -0.7 -1 +14 / +98 -11.2

As you can see, Drew is well ahead of schedule at this point in the season, nearly an entire games worth, though he is nowhere near as efficient as Dan Marino was in 1984. With six games left, Brees needs 1,759 more yards to break the record, which means he only needs to average a little more than 293 yards per game. Piece of cake for Drew.

In case you were wondering, 2008 Drew Brees was also ahead of Dan Marino through ten games with 3,251 yards before ultimately falling short of breaking the record.