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Turner has the legs to take the Falcons to the Super Bowl

I have to admit I have been somewhat lacklustre towards this blog in the past month. It has been brass monkeys here in England (damm cold to those who have no idea what I’m talking about).

The 2010 NFL season has been pretty weird overall, with very few teams rising to the top. Some players have had remarkable seasons so far, namely;

  • Broncos WR Brandon LLoyd – Lloyd’s COMBINED stats for 2007-2009 were a ghastly 36 catches for 495 yards and two tds. In JUST 12 games he has 60 catches for 1,153 yards and 9 scores. Lloyd deserves a trip to the Pro Bowl at this rate. What is even more staggering is his YPC – 19.2 freaking yards.
  • Texans RB Arian Foster – Yes Foster performed an admirable cameo towards the end of the 2009 season, but even the most optimistic fantasy fans did not project 1,230 yards rushing, 479 yards receiving and 15 total trips to the endzone. Foster is on target for a memorable season with over 1,500 rushing yards and possible the NFL rushing crown.
  • Colts QB Peyton Manning – At the rate he is going, having passed for over 4000 yards in 12 games, Peyton could (now watch me curse it!) break the NFL single season passing yards record held by Dan Marino. At present Manning is on pace to smash the record (his projected 16 game figure is 5370 yards).

Back before the start of the season I predicted a Vikings v Ravens Super Bowl. It’s December and I still stick with one half of my prediction.

I still have the Ravens representing the AFC in the big game, but my NFC prediction is now a toss up between the Packers and the Falcons.

Because the Falcons can run and pass with equal efficiency I see the ‘clean’ birds heading back to play for the Vince Lombardi trophy in the New Year.

What is YOUR Super Bowl prediction for this season?

 

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My god is that Leo Sayer in a Pitt uniform or is it the guy who passed for 5084 yards in 1984? (Pic from SI)

It’s the NFL equivalent of the Holy Grail, it’s a record that has not been touched until last season, and it’s a record owned by a guy who never won a Superbowl.

Yes the annual pilgrimage by 32 NFL quarterbacks to eclipse former Miami Dolphins qb Dan Marino’s single season passing yards record of 5084 (in 1984) has begun in earnest.

The 2009 NFL season has seen passers come out of the blocks faster than Usaine Bolt realising he needs the toilet after some dodgy jerk chicken.

So who are the contenders to Sayers…oops…Marino’s title?

1) Matt Schaub – Houston Texans (9 games played so far, 2653 yards)

Schaub is on pace for 4716 yards, so he is 369 yards of pace to break the record. This means he needs to improve production per game by 52 yards a game.

2) Peyton Manning – Indianapolis Colts (8 games played so far, 2545 yards)

Manning is on pace for 5090 yards, so he is on pace to beat the record by 6 yards.

3) Tom Brady – New England Patriots (8 games played so far, 2364 yards)

Brady is on pace for 4728 yards, so he is 357 yards of pace to break the record. This means he needs to improve production per game by 45 yards a game.

4) Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints (8 games played so far, 2336 yards)

Brees is on pace for 4672 yards, so he is 412 yards of pace to break the record. This means he needs to improve production by 52 yards a game.

Elsewhere Jay Cutler, Ben Roethlisberger, Aaron Rodgers, Philip Rivers, Tony Romo and Kurt Warner are on pace for over 4000 yards but I think they are not going to be able to drastically improve production to get over the 5000 hump.

So coming into Week 10 the only person who is on pace is Colts Superbowl winning qb Peyton Manning. Miracle Manning has thrown for over 300 yards in 7 out of his 8 contests so far, and to top it off he has won every single encounter.

The Colts have a mega tough second half schedule, with games against the Patriots, Baltimore, Denver and the Jets.

Can Manning do it? Ill say yes. I said Brees could get the record last year, and whilst Brees had the bra off and the skirt hitched up, I see Manning breaking the seal on his pack of extra-large Trojans.