NFL Poll: Will Drew Brees throw for 5,000 yards and/or 40 TDs in 2013?
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Until 2007, there was only one 5,000-yard passer in NFL history: Hall-of-Famer Dan Marino (5,084 yards in 1984).
Since then, however, it has happened five more times.
Three of those 5,000-yard seasons were from Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who has done so in back-to-back seasons.
While a 40-touchdown season is more common (nine times) than a 5,000-yard season (six times), it is still relatively rare. In what has become a passing league, these numbers may/will become more common, but nonetheless they are still impressive.
Brees has 5,000-plus passing yards AND 40-plus passing touchdowns in each of the past two seasons: 5,476 yards and 46 TDs in 2011 and 5,177 yards and 43 TDs in 2012.
Considering that Sean Payton was suspended last year, running back Darren Sproles missed three games and tight end Jimmy Graham played through a wrist injury, it's possible that Brees, um, bounces back.
Will Brees throw for 5,000 passing yards and/or 40 touchdowns for a third straight season?