Earlier this offseason the NFL announced it would switch to a 17-game season for the upcoming 2021 campaign.
While the 17-game season won’t change too much, there are a few major shifts coming to the game. One of the biggest is all of the previous single-season (and career) records will likely go down in the near future.
With an extra game, quarterbacks will have a very good chance at breaking a few of the league’s most difficult records to crack. One NFL analyst thinks there is a chance that one quarterback could throw for 6,000 yards.
NBC Sports analyst Peter King suggested Matthew Stafford could throw for 6,000 yards in 2021.
“A healthy Stafford, in a 17-game season and with that Rams backfield, could be the first quarterback to throw for 6,000 yards in a year,” King said.
“A healthy Stafford, in a 17-game season and with that Rams backfield, could be the first quarterback to throw for 6,000 yards in a year.” 🚀 @peter_king is bullish on Matthew Stafford for MVP this season: https://t.co/5rKxPlpe0v pic.twitter.com/l6fddtGNuX
— NBC Sports (@NBCSports) September 6, 2021
The current single-season passing yardage record belong to Peyton Manning. He threw for 5,477 yards during the 2013 season with the Denver Broncos.
Manning also set the passing touchdown mark during that season by throwing 55 touchdowns.
With the lack of running back depth on the Rams right now, Stafford could be asked to throw the ball quite a bit. However, it would still be a challenge for him to reach the 6,000-yard mark.
Stafford would need to average over 350 passing yards per game to eclipse that mark.
Can he do it?
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