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With Speed Bump 30, the 2012 competition has come to an end, and we wrap up with three elite QB options in Drew Brees, Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers. Certainly Brees and Rodgers are at the top of the QB lists. In magazine rankings, Rodgers is ranked #1 in 9 of 10 magazines, while Brees is ranked #2 in 9 of 10 magazines. Peyton Manning is a distant third here (and in magazine rankings he’s actually QB5), although we’re giving Peyton a shot (he certainly has the best set of receivers of these three QBs). With the 30 Speed Bumps, the finally probability of getting all polls correct ends at just over 1 in 19 quadrillion, or precisely 1 in 19,021,014,289,612,800 if you have been randomly guessing – hey, it could happen. We covered 113 players, or about nine-and-a-half rounds of selections. At the high end we covered all 32 NFL teams, with seven Packers and seven Rams as the most from one team. We covered 22 QBs, 39 RBs, 44 WRs and 8 TEs.
Since Drew Brees and Sean Payton came to town together in 2006, the Saints’ passing game has never finished worst than 4th-best in the NFL in passing yards and Brees averages an amazing 4,796 passing yards and 35 passing TDs per season over the last seven seasons.
Peyton Manning is a distant third in this set but has he ever had a better receiving crew than he does in 2013 with Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker and Wes Welker? One year after neck surgery and having to sit out a season, Manning went to Denver and threw for the 2nd-most passing yards (4,659) and 2nd-most passing TDs of his career (37).
You know you are good when 41 TDs is a bit of a letdown (39 passing / 2 rushing) but Aaron Rodgers had 48 TDs the year prior in 2011 (45 passing / 3 rushing). In five seasons as the starting QB for the Packers, Rodgers averages 4,266 pasisng yards, 34 passing TDs, with 279 rushing yards and 4 rushing TDs per season.
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UPDATE 01/09/2014: Um, Peyton Manning won this one. In terms of voting, it went 48% for Drew Brees, 35% for Manning and 17% for Aaron Rodgers.
What is there to say about Peyton Manning 2014. It was the greatest fantasy season there ever was and if you drafted Peyton this year you must have really enjoyed watching the points come pouring in every single week in major fashion. Peyton’s 5,477 passing yards are the most ever and his unreal 55 passing TDs were the most ever. Manning will turn 38 before the 2014 season but it sure would be hard to imagine him slowing down too much, although it also would be foolish to expect numbers as epic and magical as 2013 again. Manning enters 2014 in 2nd place all-time with 64,964 passing yards. He trails Brett Favre by 6,874 yards who owns the NFL record with 71,838 yards. Manning should get that record in 2015 and he is signed with Denver through 2016.
Ho hum, another season, another 5,000 yards for Drew Brees. That is three years in a row. Brees is the only person to be able to make that claim, and he was the person to be able to make the claim of two years in a row. Since joining the Saints in 2006, Brees averages an almost unbelievable 4,842 yards and 35 TDs each and every season. Brees enters 2014 with 51,081 career passing yards, good enough for 5th place all-time. He will pass John Elway early in 2014 but is a good 10,000 yards short of Dan Marino for 3rd place.
It was a disappointing year for Aaron Rodgers owners who saw their stud horse go down midway through the season. It was a little bit of a down year actually for Rodgers before he broke his collar bone. Through Week 9 Rodgers was the #10 QB on the season, nowhere near Peyton Manning and Drew Brees levels really. Rodgers (30) has a long way to go still to climb up the aggregate passing leaders rankings. Rodgers currently has 24,197 career passing yard, good for #69 all-time, one spot behind Matt Schaub actually!