Will Aaron Rodgers Throw For 5000 Yards?

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 04: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers throws a pass against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on December 4, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

It's not a stat that's going to help the Green Bay Packers repeat as Super Bowl champs, but it is impressive that Aaron Rodgers is on pace to set the single season record. But he's not alone. From Cold Hard Football Facts:

Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers are all on pace to break Dan Marino's single season record for passing yards (5,084) and are only separated by 150 yards between the three of them -- Brees leads the pack with 4,031, Brady trails closely with 3,916, and Rodgers "brings up the rear" with 3,884.

Erik Frenz calls them The Three Marinos.

I don't want the Packers to make an effort to break the 5000 yard barrier at all costs. Depending on the situation, it might be more important to keep him playing, but maybe they could start running the ball more. And does he have to play all four quarters in each of their final regular season games? He should start their remaining games, but he doesn't have to finish them.

If there is a quarterback most likely to break the single season record, it's Brees. Brady has four outdoor games remaining, and they all could be bad weather games. Rodgers has three home games and one game at Kansas City. However, Brees has three games remaining indoors (two at home and one in Minnesota), with only one more outdoor game remaining next week at Tennessee. Plus, he's facing the Panthers and Vikings, two of the worst pass defenses in the NFL.

All three players could end up over 5000 yards, but the only player likely to reach that mark is Brees.

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