NFL Passing Yards Year-by-Year Leaders

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Leaders Table
Year Player Yds Tm
2019Dak Prescott (26)4,122DAL
2018Ben Roethlisberger (36)5,129PIT
2017Tom Brady (40)4,577NWE
2016Drew Brees (37)5,208NOR
2015Drew Brees (36)4,870NOR
2014Drew Brees (35)4,952NOR
2014Ben Roethlisberger (32)4,952PIT
2013Peyton Manning (37)5,477DEN
2012Drew Brees (33)5,177NOR
2011Drew Brees (32)5,476NOR
2010Philip Rivers (28)4,710SDG
2009Matt Schaub (28)4,770HOU
2008Drew Brees (29)5,069NOR
2007Tom Brady (30)4,806NWE
2006Drew Brees (27)4,418NOR
2005Tom Brady (28)4,110NWE
2004Daunte Culpepper (27)4,717MIN
2003Peyton Manning (27)4,267IND
2002Rich Gannon (36)4,689OAK
2001Kurt Warner+ (30)4,830STL
2000Peyton Manning (24)4,413IND
1999Steve Beuerlein (34)4,436CAR
1998Brett Favre+ (28)4,212GNB
1997Jeff George (29)3,917OAK
1996Mark Brunell (25)4,367JAX
1995Brett Favre+ (25)4,413GNB
1994Drew Bledsoe (22)4,555NWE
1993John Elway+ (33)4,030DEN
1992Dan Marino+ (30)4,116MIA
1991Warren Moon+ (34)4,690HOU
1990Warren Moon+ (33)4,689HOU
1989Don Majkowski (25)4,318GNB
1988Dan Marino+ (26)4,434MIA
1987Neil Lomax (28)3,387STL
1986Dan Marino+ (24)4,746MIA
1985Dan Marino+ (23)4,137MIA
1984Dan Marino+ (22)5,084MIA
1983Lynn Dickey (33)4,458GNB
1982Dan Fouts+ (31)2,883SDG
1981Dan Fouts+ (30)4,802SDG
1980Dan Fouts+ (29)4,715SDG
1979Dan Fouts+ (28)4,082SDG
1978Fran Tarkenton+ (38)3,468MIN
1977Joe Ferguson (27)2,803BUF
1976Bert Jones (25)3,104BAL
1975Ken Anderson (26)3,169CIN
1974Ken Anderson (25)2,667CIN
1973Roman Gabriel (33)3,219PHI
1972Joe Namath+ (29)2,816NYJ
1971John Hadl (31)3,075SDG
1970John Brodie (35)2,941SFO
1969Daryle Lamonica (28)3,302OAK
1969Sonny Jurgensen+ (35)3,102WAS
1968John Hadl (28)3,473SDG
1968John Brodie (33)3,020SFO
1967Joe Namath+ (24)4,007NYJ
1967Sonny Jurgensen+ (33)3,747WAS
1966Joe Namath+ (23)3,379NYJ
1966Sonny Jurgensen+ (32)3,209WAS
1965John Brodie (30)3,112SFO
1965John Hadl (25)2,798SDG
1964Babe Parilli (34)3,465BOS
1964Charley Johnson (25)3,045STL
1963Johnny Unitas+ (30)3,481BAL
1963George Blanda+ (35)3,003HOU
1962Sonny Jurgensen+ (28)3,261PHI
1962Frank Tripucka (34)2,917DEN
1961Sonny Jurgensen+ (27)3,723PHI
1961George Blanda+ (33)3,330HOU
1960Johnny Unitas+ (27)3,099BAL
1960Frank Tripucka (32)3,038DEN
1959Johnny Unitas+ (26)2,899BAL
1958Billy Wade (27)2,875RAM
1957Johnny Unitas+ (24)2,550BAL
1956Tobin Rote (28)2,203GNB
1955Jim Finks+ (28)2,270PIT
1954Norm Van Brocklin+ (28)2,637RAM
1953Otto Graham+ (31)2,722CLE
1952Otto Graham+ (30)2,816CLE
1951Bobby Layne+ (24)2,403DET
1950Bobby Layne+ (23)2,323DET
1949Otto Graham+ (27)2,785CLE
1949Johnny Lujack (24)2,658CHI
1948Otto Graham+ (26)2,713CLE
1948Sammy Baugh+ (34)2,599WAS
1947Sammy Baugh+ (33)2,938WAS
1947Otto Graham+ (25)2,753CLE
1946Glenn Dobbs (26)1,886BDA
1946Sid Luckman+ (29)1,826CHI
1945Sid Luckman+ (28)1,727CHI
1944Irv Comp (25)1,159GNB
1943Sid Luckman+ (26)2,194CHI
1942Cecil Isbell (27)2,021GNB
1941Cecil Isbell (26)1,479GNB
1940Sammy Baugh+ (26)1,367WAS
1939Davey O'Brien (22)1,324PHI
1938Ace Parker+ (26)865BKN
1937Sammy Baugh+ (23)1,127WAS
1936Arnie Herber+ (26)1,239GNB
1935Ed Danowski (23)794NYG
1934Arnie Herber+ (24)799GNB
1933Harry Newman (24)973NYG
1932Arnie Herber+ (22)639GNB
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