NFL Week 6 notes: passing at an all-time high

Cold, Hard Football Facts for Oct 13, 2010



The following information comes from the NFL. Looks like teams have not learned their lessons about passing too often in recent years:
 
Through the first five weeks of the 2010 season, passing yardage is at an all-time high. Net passing yards for the first five weeks is 33,452, the most ever at this point in a season. 
 
 
"More teams are emphasizing the throwing game now," says NBC analyst and former head coach TONY DUNGY.  "More and more people think that throwing the ball is the way you've got to win now."
 
Most Net Passing Yards Through First Five Weeks 
 
2010
33,452
2009
33,275
2002
32,982
2007
32,551
2005
31,628
 
"It's a passing league," says NFL Network and CBS analyst SOLOMON WILCOTS.  "It's now a pass-first league.  Coaches and offensive coordinators want to showcase their best playmaker.  This is the deepest pool of quarterbacks in the history of the league.  Quarterbacks are given the green light to win games doing what they do best – throwing the ball."
 
 
This season, there have already been seven individual 400-yard passing games, including two by San Diego's PHILIP RIVERS. Rivers' two 400-yard performances are tied for the third-most in an entire season, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (four in 1984 and three in 1986).     
 
2010 400-Yard Passing Games 
 
PLAYER
 
TEAM
 
DATE
 
PASS YARDS
Matt Schaub
 
Houston
 
9/19/10
 
497
Kyle Orton
 
Denver
 
9/26/10
 
476
Philip Rivers
 
San Diego
 
9/26/10
 
455
Peyton Manning
 
Indianapolis
 
9/12/10
 
433
Philip Rivers
 
San Diego
 
10/10/10
 
431
Donovan McNabb
 
Washington
 
9/19/10
 
426
Tony Romo
 
Dallas
 
10/10/10
 
406
 
The seven individual 400-yard passing games are the most in NFL history through the first five weeks of a season.  Not only is 2010 on pace for the most such performances in a single season, but with one more 400-yard passing game, it will already tie for the third-most in a season. 
 
 
MOST 400-YARD PASSING GAMES THROUGH WEEK 5
 
MOST 400-YARD PASSING GAMES IN A SEASON
SEASON
400-YARD GAMES
 
 
SEASON
400-YARD GAMES
2010
7
 
 
1986
13
1985
4
 
 
2004
13
1989
4
 
 
Six tied
8
2002
4
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
"There's no question there are more good quarterbacks in the league right now," says Chicago Bears offensive coordinator MIKE MARTZ.  "When there are more elite players at that position, it opens up the offense."
 
 
For the first time in league history, there are three quarterbacks – San Diego's Rivers (1,759), Denver's KYLE ORTON (1,733) and Indianapolis' PEYTON MANNING (1,609) – with at least 1,600 passing yards through their teams' first five games.  A fourth – Dallas' TONY ROMO (1,346 through four games) – can increase the record total this Sunday when the Cowboys visit the Minnesota Vikings. 
 
 
PLAYER
 
TEAM
 
GAMES
PASS YARDS
YARDS/GAME
Philip Rivers
 
San Diego
 
5
1,759
351.8
Kyle Orton
 
Denver
 
5
1,733
346.6
Peyton Manning
 
Indianapolis
 
5
1,609
321.8
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tony Romo*
 
Dallas
 
4
1,346
336.5
                               *Needs 254 yards this week to become fourth QB with 1,600 yards in first five team games
 
 
"It's a quarterback league now," says CBS analyst and Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback DAN FOUTS.  "It's how the game has evolved.  You've got coaches willing to the throw the ball more than ever, and you've got receivers who are the best athletes on the field.  Why wouldn't a coach want to use weapons like that?"
 

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