Since Drew Brees is currently on pace to break Dan Marino's single-season passing record of 5,084 yards, I thought we should keep track of his progress the rest of the way. So here is how Marino's '84 season and Drew's '11 season stack up through the first 13 games.
Through 14 Games
|Player||Attempt||Complete||Yards||Comp. %||Yards/Att||TD||TD %||INT||INT %||Long||Sack/Lost||Rating|
|Drew Brees||583||417||4,780||71.5||8.20||37||6.3||11||1.9||79t||23 / 150||109.1|
|Dan Marino||483||310||4,340||64.5||9.04||40||8.6||14||3.0||80t||10 / 91||108.4|
|+7.0||-0.84||-3||-2.3||+3||+1.1||-1||-13 / -59||+0.7|
With just two games remaining in the 2011 NFL regular season, Drew Brees is almost assuredly going to break the NFL record for passing yardage in a single season. Brees helped hurry the affair with his impressive 412-yard performance against the Vikings this past Sunday, nearly as much as Marino's 470-yard output against the Rams in Week 14 of the 1984 season. Drew is now 440 yards ahead of where Marino was through fourteen games of his record setting season, though still not as efficient.
As the season draws to a close, Brees needs just 305 more yards to break the record, which means he only needs to average a little more than 152.5 yards per game. In other words, this record is getting broken, it's only a question of when and by how much. I think we'll be seeing NFL history made this Monday when the Saints take on the Falcons in front of a national audience watching Monday Night Football.
Games remaining: Atlanta and Carolina