2009 Was The Year of the QB

NFL quarterbacks are having a banner year. Eight QBs have each passed for at least 4,000 yards, already the most 4,000-yard passers in a single season in NFL history (seven in 2007). With one week to play, three others are within 300 yards of 4,000 – BRETT FAVRE (3,886), ELI MANNING (3,880) and KURT WARNER (3,722).

Nine quarterbacks have passed for 25 or more touchdowns in 2009. That number may grow in Week 17 as TONY ROMO (24), JAY CUTLER (23) and BEN ROETHLISBERGER (23) are each in range of the 25-TD milestone. The NFL record for the most quarterbacks with at least 25 touchdowns in a season is 10, which also occurred in 2007.

Five quarterbacks currently sport a passer rating of 100.0 or better, which would also be the most in a season in NFL annals (four in 1998 and 2004). Two others – MATT SCHAUB (99.1) and Roethlisberger (98.9) – are within 2.0 rating points of the mark with one game to play.

The quarterbacks with 4,000+ yards, 25+ touchdowns or a 100.0+ passer rating in 2009:


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