NFL.com’s Instant Debate on Thursday examined possible expansion to an 18-game regular season. While our contributors certainly didn’t favor the notion, one possible — actually, make that probable — offshoot of a longer season would be the downfall of several of the league’s most precious records.
One such single-season record that has stood the test of time is Dan Marino’s 5,084 passing yards, set back in 1984. While the Saints’ Drew Brees challenged it as recently as 2008, he couldn’t quite get there even with the whole team trying to help him beat the record. What’s most amazing about Marino’s mark is that the Dolphins went 14-2 the season, meaning the offense tapped the brakes in a lot of games they were winning by three touchdowns by running out the clock and calling it a day.
That incredible achievement aside, below are the top single-season passing yard totals of all-time. In case you’re wondering, Peyton Manning’s best year (4,700 yards in 2010) doesn’t even crack the top 10.
— Elliot Harrison