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Well, 5,476 is an awfully large number.
Brees shattered the single-season record for passing yards last year, but do not count on him to touch that mark again in 2012.
The New Orleans Saints experienced the perfect storm to put up numbers that would seem outlandish in a Madden franchise. After their Week 1 match-up against the Green Bay Packers, whose passing defense ranked last, the Saints played all of their remaining games inside a dome or at a warm-weather location.
As the Saints offense clicked with flawless precision toward the end of the season, they piled up the stats in garbage time to help Brees chase the record. Now that he already holds the feat, they might be less inclined to attack during late-game blowouts.
The fallout from the bounty scandal also looms large, as Brees will play without head coach Sean Payton manning the sidelines. The popular Saints will now become one of the league’s most hated teams.
Brees will still boast star-studded numbers, but I’m ranking him below Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady.