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PI Finds: Manning Has Another Favre Record in His Sights… For Now

Posted by Neil Paine on December 3, 2009

When it comes to racking up the big numbers, few passers in NFL history have been as prolific as Peyton Manning and Brett Favre. Favre is, of course, the league's all-time leader in passing yards and TDs, but Manning isn't very far behind and ostensibly has ample time remaining in his career, so it should be fun to watch #18 gun for #4's records over the next few years.

One record Manning is already close to tying is the mark for most career 3,500-yard seasons in NFL history. Favre has done it 13 times from 1994-2008, but Manning is within striking distance, currently sitting tied with Dan Marino for 2nd place all-time with 11 3,500-yard campaigns, and needing just 85 yards on Sunday vs. Houston to give him 12:

Rk Player From To Tm Count
1 Brett Favre 1994 2007 GNB 13
2 Peyton Manning 1998 2008 IND 11
3 Dan Marino* 1984 1997 MIA 11
4 Drew Bledsoe 1994 2005 NWE/BUF/DAL 8
5 Tom Brady 2002 2007 NWE 6
6 Joe Montana* 1981 1990 SFO 6
7 Warren Moon* 1989 1997 TEN/MIN/SEA 6
8 John Elway* 1985 1997 DEN 5
9 Jim Everett 1988 1995 STL/NOR 5
10 Dan Fouts* 1979 1985 SDG 5

Of course, that's assuming Favre doesn't get to 3,500 again this year. Manning leads the league in passing yards with 3,415, but Favre in no slouch either, ranking 8th with 2,874. The Vikings still have five more games to go in the regular season, so at Favre's current pace he'd eclipse 3,500 as well on December 20 vs. Carolina. If that happens, Manning will have to wait at least two more years for a shot at tying Favre's record, one of many he'll have in his sights over the next handful of seasons.